When to Consider Custom Foot Inserts

Take a look at your feet and consider for a moment all that these relatively small appendages are responsible for in terms of mobility and support. This means that every component in your foot needs to work in harmony so that you can make your way through life with ease. It also means that when there’s a problem, no matter how small, it can threaten your ability to move freely and without pain.

As experienced podiatry experts, Dr. Francine Rhinehart and our team understand these facts better than most, which is why we offer custom shoe inserts. By providing your feet with tailored support, we can help resolve a wide range of problems, the most common of which we review here.

Gait problems

When you take a step, your ankles naturally roll inward about 15% to distribute the weight evenly throughout your foot. If your foot rolls inward too far (overpronation) or too little (underpronation), you can develop problems with:

With custom shoe inserts, we can correct your pronation and rebalance your gait.

Foot pain

There are many conditions that can lead to foot pain, such as:

This list is by no means comprehensive, but it gives you an idea of the many causes of foot pain, many of which can be improved with custom shoe inserts.

Whatever the cause of your foot pain, we can design custom orthotics to take the pressure off of the damaged or weak area.

Diabetic neuropathy

One of the clear and present dangers for people with diabetes is nerve damage in their feet, which is called diabetic neuropathy. This condition is very serious and often the precursor to much larger problems, up to and including amputation due to infections.

To avoid these catastrophic complications, shoe inserts can help keep your feet well-supported and protected.

Structural issues

There are many different structural problems that can develop in your feet (or you may have been born with them), including:

Each of these issues can lead to pain and discomfort, and shoe inserts are a great way to provide your feet with the support they need when there’s a structural problem.

Improve performance

While we often turn to shoe inserts to mitigate a problem in your foot, orthotics can also be beneficial for improving your performance. If you want to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your feet, we can analyze your gait and design shoe inserts that will improve the function and balance of your feet. These types of performance inserts can also help prevent injuries down the road, allowing you to maintain your active lifestyle.

If you want to learn more about how custom shoe inserts can contribute to the health of your feet, contact our office in Dallas, Texas, to set up an appointment.

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