When you look after your feet, you look after your entire body. If you’re experiencing pain in your feet or foot problems are causing you to miss out on opportunities or activities that you love, custom orthotics could be the solution that you’ve been searching for to get back in the game and start enjoying life!
Custom orthotics provide a degree of extra support for your feet that over-the-counter orthotics and shoe inserts simply can’t compete with. For the best foot support and treatment for foot problems, you need orthotics custom-made for the shape of your foot by a trained professional.
At Global Podiatry we provide custom orthotics in Wheeling and Lincolnwood IL that are comfortable, supportive and designed to fit your unique feet. For more information about our high-quality custom orthotics, please call Global Podiatry today or book an appointment on our website.
What are Custom Orthotics?
Orthotics are custom foot supports designed to your foot. These supports are made from engineered plastics which have “memory”. No matter what abuse you put them through, the orthotic will bounce back into its original form.
We are so confident in this that we offer a lifetime warranty on the plastic shell! Since they are made from a mod of your feet, compared to the standard one-size-fits-all products found at stores, we insure comfort from our devices. They are made in a variety of styles to accommodate sneakers, dress shoes, athletic cleats, skis, or any other shoes. They are designed to help treat YOUR specific medical condition. Check them out!
How will Custom Orthotics help?
Your feet are designed to support and balance your entire body, but sometimes they need help. Every time you walk, run, or jump, you are exerting a large amount of force on your feet. It is a small structure which needs support, at times, of 5X your body weight. Over time, this force takes a toll on your feet by irritating weaker foot structures.
WE ARE ALL BORN WITH SOMETHING “SLIGHTLY OFF”!
Some might have one leg that’s slightly longer than the other; some might have an arch that’s a little low, or a little high. Some might have toes that aren’t completely straight. Whereas “slightly off” is normal, it is the degree to which something is “off” that will cause you pain. This can impair foot function which can result in abnormal rotation of the legs, and even affect the knees, hips, or back.
When you wear a pair of our custom-made orthotics, they don’t simply support the arch and cushion your heels. Orthotics prevent your feet from sitting in an abnormal and dangerous position while providing you with comfort. They prevent overpronation (flattening of the arch) as well as absorb shock while running and walking. This supports makes the foot more table and minimizes the potential for overuse injuries. In addition, our custom-made orthotics help to prevent further injuries such as ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, and tendonitis by controlling the motion of the foot.
What types of orthotics are there?
When you choose our tailored orthotics instead of over-the-counter inserts, you get a truly customized end result. There are two main types of orthotics to choose from, these are:
- Functional Orthotics
Functional orthotics, also known as rigid orthotics, are an effective choice for correcting the position of the foot during movement and improving biomechanical motion. This type of orthotic is made from a rigid material, like plastic, and normally doesn’t have any cushioning. Functional orthotics are typically designed to extend from the heel to the toe to ensure the best corrective results.
- Accommodative Orthotics
Accommodative orthotics, also known as soft orthotics, are specially designed to improve support in the position that the foot is in. This type of orthotic is much softer to provide the foot with extra support and includes cushioning to reduce foot pain. Accommodative orthotics can improve weight distribution, increase balance and reduce force.
For athletes, a third type of orthotic – semi-rigid orthotics – are normally advised. Semi-rigid orthotics provide comfort and support to help reduce foot pain during training and improve performance. This type of custom orthotics can also be effective for treating some foot conditions, like flat feet.
During your appointment at Global Podiatry, you’ll be able to learn more about the specific orthotics you may need to improve or support the function of your feet.
Do I need custom orthotics?
If you struggle to walk, run and live an active lifestyle because of problems with your feet, then you may need custom orthotics. High-quality orthotics – like those we provide at Global Podiatry – are designed to keep your joints stable and the arches of your feet supported, all while minimizing the discomfort you feel when you move.
You may be prescribed custom orthotics if you:
- Need additional ankle support
- Experience regular pain in your knee, foot, ankle, heel or hip
- Have feet that point inward or outward
- Are at risk of injury (such as frequent sprains)
- Have crooked toes
- Are having problems with the function of your ankle or foot
- Have a foot deformity that needs correcting
- Are experiencing uneven wear on your shoes
- Regularly experience pain in your feet after minimal activity
We’ll only advise that you have custom orthotics made for your feet if we believe you need them. When you visit Global Podiatry, you’ll be asked questions about the symptoms you’re experiencing, and we’ll perform a full examination. A podiatrist may take images of your feet and check how you walk to see whether custom orthotics are the right choice for your needs.
What conditions do custom orthotics treat?
Custom orthotics are one of the most versatile and effective conservative treatments for foot and ankle problems. They may be prescribed for pain relief, to correct problems, increase foot function or restore balance.
Here are just some of the conditions that custom orthotics can treat:
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Flat Feet
- Foot Deformities
- Hammer toes
- Heel spurs
- High arches
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
Custom orthotics are also a preventive treatment to protect against ulcers, injuries and complications. Patients with diabetes, who are unable to tell whether their shoes properly fit them, gain a greater peace of mind when wearing custom orthotics that reduce the chances of foot damage and make common foot complications much easier and less painful to live with.
Contact Global Podiatry for custom orthotics in Chicago
The first step to relieving your foot pain and giving you back the freedom to enjoy an active lifestyle is getting to the bottom of what’s causing you pain and discomfort. Here at Global Podiatry, we’ll help you to find relief from pain by diagnosing your foot and ankle problems and providing you with some of the best treatment options for foot pain in Wheeling and Lincolnwood IL.
We take great pride in the quality and effectiveness of our custom orthotics and we want to share the many benefits of them with you. For orthotics that are designed specifically for you when one-size-fits-all treatment simply isn’t good enough, get in touch with Global Podiatry today.