Age doesn’t matter when it comes to patients who can be helped by custom-fitted orthotics. These shoe inserts created specifically for each foot can relieve discomfort and correct many foot problems at any age.
Orthotics are produced using technology that allows for precise adjustments that can correct a person’s gait as well as ease excess pressure to allow a painful spot to heal. Hard, soft or semi-flexible orthotics are important parts of the treatment of many common foot conditions. Over-the-counter inserts available at many retail establishments won’t address your specific foot problem.
Anyone with a foot problem like the following can be helped by orthotics, no matter how young or old:
- Heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis, or inflammation of the plantar fascia on the bottom of the foot, is eased when orthotics transfer pressure away to promote healing.
- Flat feet in those over age 8 where the arch is lower than normal can be improved by orthotics that stabilize the foot and correct foot function.
- Back and lower leg pain can be relieved by orthotics that address discomfort caused by shin splints, tendonitis and other injuries. A rigid orthotic can even influence joint movements as well as overall foot function to ease pain.
- Skin problems including calluses, blisters and even ulcers caused by pressure points can be healed with soft, flexible orthotics that move stress away and protect the skin.
Athletes can also benefit from semi-rigid orthotics that help absorb tremendous forces during running and other sports.
Children Can Benefit from Custom-Fitted Orthotics
Children with certain foot conditions or deformities can benefit from orthotics specifically made for their foot and problems. At Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle, we often treat children with conditions like intoeing where instead of pointing straight ahead, the toes point toward each other. In many cases these problems resolve themselves as the child grows, but wearing orthotics can help foot realignment and prevent problems later in life.
Sever’s disease, where the tendons and muscles supporting the heel become overstretched during a child’s growth spurt, can cause pain and difficulty walking. Orthotics can help alleviate the stress on the heel to reduce pain and allow the area to heal.
If you or your child has any foot deformities, suffers from heel, ankle or knee pain or experiences chronic ankle sprains, come visit us to discover if custom-fitted orthotics can relieve your pain and correct gait problems.
Orthotics May Be the Right Solution for Your Foot Problem
Dr. Lawrence J. Kales, board certified podiatrist has prescribed orthotics to successfully treat many types of foot deformities and conditions. Please come in to Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle for an examination – you can request an appointment via the website or call us at our Hudson office at 727 868-2128 or our Spring Hill office at 352 683-5799. Orthotics can relieve your pain and discomfort – call us today!