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Orthotics: Are They The Solution to Your Foot, Knee, Hip and Back Pain ?

February 28, 2022

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Orthotics go by a variety of names; orthotics, insoles, footbed, arch supports, and shoe inserts. No matter what you choose to call them, having perfect feet is few and far between. But do not worry, one of the greatest solutions for you could be custom orthotics.

What are Orthotics? 

Orthotics are custom prescription inserts which you wear in your shoes. These inserts help correct foot pain, ankle pain, knee, pain, hip pain, and even lower back pain, as they are formed to cater to your foot’s proper form.

What Is The Difference Between Orthotics at the Doctor versus Over The Counter? 

Over the counter orthotics are known as inserts. These inserts can be made from a different variety of materials; gel, plastic, or foam with the primary focus being pain relief and pressure associated with the foot. The downside to these inserts is that they are made for the generic population with a “typical” foot shape. Since they are not created specifically for you, the structure and form of the insert may cause more pain than providing the help that you need. It is best to wear an orthotic custom made for the specifical contours and size of your feet.

A proper orthotic fitting will measure the foot as a whole including your arch and high pressure areas. By having an orthotic specifically made for you, the right arch, cushion and support will be tailored to your own needs. These orthotics are known to sustain proper structure for years and are typically covered by insurance.

How Do I Know If I Need Custom Orthotics?

Here are five signs that you may need custom orthotics:

  1. You have pain in the foot, ankle, knee, hip or lower back
  2. You have no arch or a high arch in your foot
  3. You have uneven leg lengths
  4. You stand more than four hours a day
  5. Your shoes are worn out

During your appointment, the provider will use the digital GaitScan™ system to analyze your personal biomechanics in order to identify any orthopedic abnormalities. In addition, the provider will watch you walk, stand, and take note of how your feet, ankles, legs, and hips move.

To learn more about custom made orthotics or schedule an appointment for pain associated with foot pain, knee pain, hip pain and back pain, call the Denville, NJ office of Denville Medical and Sports Rehabilitation Center at (973) 627-7888 or request a an appointment through our consultation form here.

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