Have you been using conservative methods to treat your foot pain? Perhaps you have already tried soaking your feet, massaging your feet and legs, taking aspirin, applying cold packs or warm packs, and you still have pain. When those at-home treatments don't work, it's time to seek help from your New Hampshire podiatrist.
Whether the cause of your discomfort is Achilles tendonitis, arch pain, bunions, flat feet, hammertoes, heel pain or overpronation, your podiatrist may prescribe a treatment plan that includes the use of custom orthotics. But do they work? And what can you do if they end up causing you even more pain?
Do Custom Orthotic Shoe Inserts Really Work?
According to a study recently published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science, orthotic insoles can indeed improve the pressure and pain associated with flexible flatfoot.
A Canadian review of orthotics published in the online PainScience journal found custom orthotics to be helpful in treating a variety of conditions including plantar fasciitis, arthritis, diabetes and a condition associated with pain in the ball of the foot knows as metatarsalgia.
Other painful foot conditions for which custom shoe inserts are prescribed include Achilles tendonitis, bunions, hammertoes and misalignment.
When prescribed by your podiatrist and used together with other treatments, custom shoe inserts often do provide relief from foot pain. If they don't seem to be working for you or are causing more foot pain, it's time for another call to your podiatrist.
Why Your Custom Orthotics May Cause Pain
Unfortunately, custom orthotic shoe inserts don't come with a guarantee. Stress from orthotics can actually lead to weak ankles, feet or knees and cause additional foot pain.
Furthermore, it's difficult to get relief from orthotic inserts that weren't made correctly. You may also suffer from sore muscles as your body attempts to adapt to the orthotics. You may also need to have them frequently adjusted as the pressure and strain on your feet changes due to your shifting alignment.