5 Common Foot Problems You Can Improve with Custom Orthotics

Dec 11, 2023
5 Common Foot Problems You Can Improve with Custom Orthotics
Many people experience reduced pain and improved mobility when treating foot problems with custom orthotics. Here are five common issues you can help with orthotics.

Foot problems are widespread and can significantly impact one's quality of life. They can cause pain, discomfort, and limit mobility. Custom orthotics designed to suit an individual's foot structure and condition can improve the management of several common foot-related ailments. Here, double board-certified podiatrist Dr. Eric Gilbertson, DPM, FACFAS, at Renew Foot & Ankle, LLC, in Grand Rapids and Bigfork, Minnesota, explores five common foot problems that can be alleviated with the use of custom orthotics.

1. Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is characterized by sharp pain in the heel or the bottom of the foot. The condition is commonly experienced by individuals who spend long hours on their feet. Plantar fasciitis occurs due to tissue inflammation that runs across the bottom of your foot.

Custom orthotic solution

Orthotics designed for plantar fasciitis typically provide arch support and deep heel cups. This design helps distribute pressure more evenly across the foot, thus reducing the strain on the plantar fascia. By correcting foot alignment and providing cushioning, custom orthotics can significantly alleviate pain associated with plantar fasciitis.

2. Flat feet (fallen arches)

Flat feet, or fallen arches, occur when the arches of the foot collapse, leading to the entire sole of the foot coming into complete or near-complete contact with the ground. This condition can lead to pain and discomfort, especially after prolonged walking or standing.

Custom orthotic solution

Orthotics for flat feet are designed to provide arch support and reduce the strain on the arches to help relieve pain. They help redistribute your weight evenly and improve foot alignment, which can prevent further complications associated with flat feet.

3. Bunions

Bunions are bony bumps that develop at the bottom of the big toe joint. They form when some of the bones in your foot become misaligned, causing your big toe to angle toward the smaller toes and forcing the joint at the base of your big toe to stick out.

Custom orthotic solution

Orthotics for bunions redistribute pressure away from the big toe and can help properly align the foot. This not only alleviates pain but also prevents the progression of the bunion.

4. Achilles tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis is an overuse injury of the Achilles tendon, the tissue running along the calf muscle to your heel. Runners typically experience Achilles tendonitis issues when they increase the intensity or duration of their workouts. 

Custom orthotic solution 

Custom orthotics for Achilles tendonitis often include heel lifts or pads, which help reduce the strain on the Achilles tendon by lifting the heel slightly to reduce tension.

5. Diabetic foot ulcers

Diabetic foot ulcers are sores that can develop in people with diabetes due to reduced blood flow and nerve damage in the feet. They are a significant concern as they can lead to serious complications if not treated promptly.

Custom orthotic solution

Orthotics for diabetic foot care are designed to reduce pressure points and improve support, thereby minimizing the risk of ulcers. They are typically made of soft cushioning materials and may include customized padding to protect sensitive areas.

Custom Renew Foot and Ankle orthotics offer a tailored solution to various foot problems, providing relief and improving foot function. By addressing the unique needs of each foot, custom orthotics can significantly enhance comfort and mobility, thereby improving overall quality of life. Call the office or schedule an appointment online to find out if custom orthotics can help you.