7 Common Foot Problems that Custom Orthotics Can Treat

If you're struggling with foot issues, you aren’t alone. Roughly 75% of people have had some issue with their feet, according to an American Podiatric Medical Association survey. Your feet bear the brunt of your daily activities, yet they’re easily overlooked unless problems arise. 

Custom orthotics can improve a broad range of issues that affect the feet. General and aesthetic podiatrist Francine Rhinehart, DPM, provides treatments and solutions to keep your feet healthy at her office in Dallas, Texas, and this includes custom orthotics. 

Orthotics are specially designed shoe inserts tailored to suit your unique foot structure, providing targeted support where you need it most. Whether you're an athlete, a daily commuter, or someone facing foot challenges due to a medical condition, custom orthotics could be your first step towards comfort and improved foot health.

Read on to learn about seven problems that custom orthotics can solve. 

1. Plantar fasciitis relief

Plantar fasciitis is heel pain that develops when the plantar fascia tissue along the foot's sole becomes inflamed. Pain is often worse upon waking or after a period of inactivity. Tailored orthotics play a crucial role in relieving plantar fasciitis pain by ensuring adequate arch support, diminishing the stress on the fascia, and enhancing foot function.

2. Solutions for flat feet

Individuals with flat feet or collapsed arches often experience foot pain. Dr. Rhinehart specializes in designing orthotics that cater to your foot's specific contours, offering necessary arch support and stability. This approach not only redistributes body weight but also corrects foot alignment, easing the discomfort associated with flat feet.

3. Managing bunions

Bunions are painful bony bumps at the base of the big toe that can not only cause pain, but also make walking uncomfortable. Customized orthotics provide foot stabilization, reducing the pressure on bunions. This lessens pain, and also slows bunion progression, fostering healthier feet.

4. Counteracting overpronation

Overpronation refers to excessive inward rolling of the foot during movement. It can lead to various foot issues, and can sometimes cause pain in the ankles, knees, and hips. Custom orthotics realign the foot, lowering the risks associated with overpronation and improving foot functionality.

5. Support for high arches

High arches often result in foot instability and concentrated pressure, leading to discomfort and a heightened risk of injuries. Orthotics tailored for high arches provide vital support and cushioning, evenly distributing weight across the foot, reducing arch stress and optimizing foot mechanics.

6. Alleviating Morton's neuroma

Morton's neuroma involves the thickening of tissue around toe nerves, causing considerable pain. Custom orthotics fitted with metatarsal pads can significantly relieve pressure in the affected region, diminishing discomfort and enhancing foot comfort.

7. Achilles tendinitis care

The Achilles tendon is a band of tissue that links the calf muscle to the heel bone. Irritation and inflammation from overuse can cause pain in this tendon. Custom orthotics can help manage tendinitis by providing padding and support, which takes some strain off the tendon. Using custom orthotics aids in recovery, and prevents further irritating the tendon.

Solving foot issues with custom orthotics

By offering targeted support, cushioning, and alignment correction, custom orthotics go beyond temporary fixes. These devices contribute to overall foot health, improved mobility, and a better quality of life. 

Whether you’re dealing with a specific foot condition or seeking enhanced comfort and injury prevention, custom orthotics offer a tailored solution. To learn more about custom orthotics, schedule a visit with Dr. Rhinehart by calling or booking online today. Take each step with confidence!

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