Can orthotics stop your heel pain?

Heel pain is one of the most common problems treated at our office and can be the result of many different things. Some heel pain is simply the result of wearing improper footwear, having flat feet or even just overuse from daily activities. But in all of these cases we see one similarity, stress.

As stress is applied to the foot, the tissues and ligaments in the foot stretch and tear. This will cause pain, swelling and even bone spurs. In many cases of heel pain, a simple custom orthotic could be the right solution.

Orthotics will correctly realign your foot so that it does not experience excessive motions associated with heel pain. In addition, orthotics will provide the proper support that your foot needs. Every patient’s foot can be different, yet shoes are generally made with only one standard sole for each shoe. By adding a custom orthotic to your shoes you can adjust the sole of your shoe to perfectly match your foot’s shape.

At our office we use a PedAlign orthotics scanner. This scanner uses an infrared optical scanning system that can measure foot contours and arch height. With these two pieces of information we are able to prescribe the best and most accurate orthotic for your foot.

Sometimes over the counter orthotics can stop your pain, but in other cases your feet may require a special orthotic. If you are thinking about purchasing an orthotic, contact our office and see if you are making the best choice. You may reach our Troy office at (248) 362–3338 or our Warren office at (586) 751-3338 or you may request an appointment online on our website.


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