One of the most commonly talked about aspects of the podiatry world is orthotics - no matter what podiatry office you go to, orthotics will be mentioned! However, not all orthotics are created equally. If you’re going to invest your time and money in orthotics, you want to make sure they’re not your run-of-the-mill pair of orthotics that you can get just anywhere. For those of us who are no longer satisfied with the cookie-cutter faux orthotics sold in major stores as a one-size-fits-all type deal, real orthotics are where it’s at.
Orthotics are biomechanical tools that are specially designed to fit your feet and your feet alone. This is especially important for anyone who is at risk for developing or has already developed one or more foot problems! For example, if you have flat feet, you’ve lost the natural arch of your foot. This can cause a lot of discomfort and lead to other parts of your feet and ankles not working as they are meant to, potentially causing more problems down the line, like plantar fasciitis, muscle strain, or tendonitis. Orthotics help relieve and prevent these issues by putting the inner structures of your feet and ankles back into their natural form. They can also help avoid unnecessary ingrown toenails! Similarly, those who have suffered from one or more sprained ankles can benefit from the support of orthotics by helping to prop up structures and tendons that may have weakened as a result of their injuries.
Even if you don’t have chronic foot or ankle issues, orthotics can serve as a preventative measure, especially when you know that one or more people in your immediate family suffer from foot or ankle problems. The best way to find out if orthotics are right for you is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Melissa Robitaille and Dr. Todd Newsom at Atlantic Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our office is located at 114 Canal Street #703 in Pooler, Georgia and serves patients in Chatham County. Give us a call at 912-988-3323.