Foot pain is a fairly common problem affecting most Americans at some point in their lives, but this does not mean it’s normal. In fact, it means your body is trying to tell you something is wrong and needs to be fixed. One of the ways Dr. Borys Markewych might correct the problem and help you find the relief you need is with a pair of custom orthotics.
What are Orthotics?
Orthotics are medical devices customized to fit the exact form and contours of your feet, and go inside your normal shoes. The inserts are constructed from durable materials to provide optimal support, distribute bodyweight properly, and correct faulty biomechanics, like issues you may have with your gait.
More specifically, these inserts are prescribed for effective:
- Alignment of your feet
- Balance restoration and optimal foot positioning when you stand or move
- Improvement with regard to biomechanical functioning of your feet and lower legs
- Pressure relief from specific areas of your feet that may be causing pain or discomfort
- Prevention of foot deformity or the worsening of an existing condition
The amount of physical stress we place on our lower extremities—even from simply walking around and performing daily activities—is tremendous. According to The New York Times, feet support a cumulative force equal to several hundred tons during an average day. If you have biomechanical abnormalities, all of this force can have a tremendous effect on your feet. Custom orthotics can help control motion irregularities and redistribute force loads in a more even manner.
Knowing When Custom Inserts are the Right Choice
Conservative treatment options are always the preferred course for addressing foot, ankle, and biomechanics problems you might face, and orthotics are intended to correct a wide range of ailments without having to perform a surgical correction. Essentially, if we can treat the problem without using an invasive surgery, we always will. These customized inserts give us a chance to accomplish this goal.
There are a variety of foot and ankle conditions that can benefit from the pain relief offered by prescribed, custom-crafted inserts, including:
- Arch Pain
- Lower Back
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Sports-Related Injuries
Made Specifically for Your Unique Feet
You may see inserts at the store and think they are the same as what we offer, but those mass-produced devices should, at best, only be used for providing additional cushioning or extra arch support. When you come to our office, however, you will undergo a thorough evaluation from Dr. Borys Markewych. He will diagnosis any underlying foot condition you may have and determine the best course of treatment.
Depending on your foot or ankle problem, level and type of activity, gait analysis, and biomechanics of your feet, orthotics could be a beneficial treatment option. When this is the case, we make a mold of your foot to create inserts that fit every unique contour and will minimize stress forces for you. We use a range of materials to effectively achieve treatment objectives and offer three types of orthotic devices:
- Soft devices are constructed with compressible material and are intended to improve balance, absorb shock, and decrease pressure on foot sores. These are often prescribed to alleviate symptoms from arthritis or diabetes.
- Rigid devices are made with plastic, carbon fiber, or other firm material and are intended to control foot function. They are typically prescribed to relieve pain that results from abnormal foot functioning and often used in footwear that doesn’t require a lot of motion, like dress shoes.
- Semi-rigid devices are typically used for athletes who have foot pain and correct the biomechanics so the muscles and tendons move the foot correctly. They use both hard and soft material to control motion and provide cushioning.
Custom-made orthotics allow your feet to function at their highest potential and move in a manner that results in healthy, pain-free feet.
The Treatment You Need
If you have a foot, ankle, or leg problem giving you pain or severe discomfort, orthotics may be the solution you need. Make a visit to our Spokane, WA, office and let Dr. Markewych give you an expert diagnosis and develop a treatment plan for a mobile and pain-free you. Request an appointment by calling (509) 747-0274 today.