Most people experience foot pain at one time or another. But, did you know that almost four out of 10 Americans have foot pain that’s so severe it limits their ability to perform everyday tasks?

We rely on our feet to carry us through life, but arthritis, musculoskeletal issues, and more can trigger foot pain. Instead of avoiding your favorite activities when foot pain strikes, it could be time to consider orthotics, which are custom-made shoe inserts for your feet.

If you have foot pain — or even knee, hip, or back pain — orthotics could be a good solution for you. David B. Glover, DPM, FACFAS, and our team at Mountain View Foot & Ankle Institute specialize in creating custom orthotics for people of all ages.

How orthotics work

Orthotics are medical devices that promote healthy foot mechanics. When the bones, muscles, and tendons in your feet align properly, your feet can move with less pain. Orthotics offer targeted support for your feet to relieve pain throughout your body.

There are different types of orthotics. Depending on your needs, Dr. Glover may recommend semirigid orthotic inserts, which can help support your feet and properly distribute your bodyweight. Or he may recommend soft-cushion orthotics, which can relieve pressure in sensitive areas, such as where a bunion exists.

Orthotics may be half- or full-length, and many types of orthotics can fit comfortably in your normal shoes. In some cases, Dr. Glover may recommend orthotic shoes instead of removable shoe inserts.

When to consider orthotics

Since orthotics are customized medical devices, they can be tailored to relieve pain and other symptoms related to a wide variety of common foot problems. If you spend a lot of time on your feet, or if you’re bothered by chronic foot pain, orthotics may be able to help.

Dr. Glover regularly recommends orthotics to patients with podiatric conditions, such as:

If you visit Mountain View Foot & Ankle Institute for foot pain, Dr. Glover can complete a comprehensive physical evaluation to determine the root cause of your discomfort. If you have one of the common foot problems listed above, orthotics may offer significant relief.

Orthotics promote whole-body musculoskeletal health

Foot problems may not just affect your feet. Joints, muscles, and tendons elsewhere in your body may overcompensate if your feet aren’t properly supported, and this can lead to misalignment, pain, and mobility issues in your legs and back.

Musculoskeletal pain in your knees, hips, and back may be caused by problems originating in your feet, but orthotics can redistribute your weight and give you the support you need throughout your whole body.

If you get custom inserts, Dr. Glover typically recommends getting used to them over a period of days. He usually recommends wearing them for a couple of hours the first few days and gradually increasing the time you wear them until you’re wearing them full-time.

If your feet hurt, orthotics may relieve your pain and help you enjoy being active again. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Mountain View Foot & Ankle Institute today.