Orthotic Shoe Inserts Help Your Feet, Knees, Hips, and Back
Custom orthotic shoe inserts are uniquely designed and fitted to your foot shape to alleviate specific foot problems and to increase athletic performance by reallocating your weight distribution and improving your gait mechanics, which can alleviate issues with your knees, hips, and back. Used in combination with an immobilizing boot or specially made orthopedic shoes, they can treat a variety of conditions from soft tissue injuries to foot deformities including hammertoes and bunions.
Some of the conditions treated with orthotic inserts include the following:
- Arch problems and gait abnormalities—These can radiate problems to your knees, hips, and back.
- Diabetic wounds
- Plantar fasciitis
- Bunions and hammertoes
- Ankle sprains and strains
- Heel pain
- Acute and hairline fractures
Your foot doctor will perform a computerized biomechanical gait analysis and recommend orthotics that will help. Gel pads or foam cushions can help isolate the sources of irritation and pain. Other types of orthotic inserts can correct problems with gait mechanics. Gait mechanics refers to the way your foot comes down when you walk and the overall contribution to your posture. Incorrect posture adversely affects your knees, hips and back, and patients often find considerable relief from properly placed shoe inserts.
For athletes, foot orthotics will help to increase performance while decreasing your risk of injury. In those individuals suffering from diabetes, a pair of well fitted orthopedic shoes is essential to proper treatment.
For gait abnormalities or any other problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, it is important to see a podiatrist to receive the most comprehensive care. At E.J. Nemet Podiatry in Twinsburg, E.J. Nemet, DPM, treats a variety of foot and ankle conditions including sports injuries, pediatric foot problems, diabetic foot complications, nerve disorders, and toenail and skin conditions. With advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Dr. Nemet provides expert and compassionate care to patients in the Twinsburg and Beachwood areas. To contact us or to schedule an appointment, please call (234) 212-9940.