Orthotics And You
Around every corner of any podiatrist’s office is a lurking conversation about orthotics. Some people say they love their orthotics, some say they feel they are too expensive. It’s true that orthotics can be an investment for some patients, but just like purchasing healthy food or insurance for your car, it’s an investment in your future and the safety of your feet. It can be confusing to know how and when the conversation about orthotics should be started between you and your trusted podiatrist.
There is a common misbelief that orthotics are only necessary when you’re older, however, when in fact many young athletes use orthotics to keep their feet aligned and at their best. So when do you know it’s time to consider orthotics? If you have any flat-footed folk in your family, chances are heredity dealt you flat feet as well. Though flat feet, or fallen arches, are one of the most common reasons people seek out custom orthotics, it isn’t the only reason! Many people who have diabetes, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, hammer toes, bunions, and much more will seek out the supportive relief offered only from custom orthotic inserts or orthotic shoes.
If you suspect you may be experiencing any one of these issues, or if you have persistent foot discomfort or pain that won’t subside with “TLC” at home, the first step you should take is setting up an appointment with your podiatrist. From there, the conversation is easy! Because orthotics require a prescription from your podiatrist, an appointment is necessary.
If you and your podiatrist decide together that orthotics are a good option for you, they will start the fitting process. Sometimes this is done in-house at your foot doctor’s office and sometimes it is done with a fitting specialist. Be sure to bring a pair of shoes you wear often to your fitting; it will allow the podiatrist or fitting specialist to observe where support is needed most for your feet. At your next appointment at Grand Central Footcare in New York City, jump start the conversation about orthotics with our podiatrists Dr. Les J. Glubo and Dr. Dawn O. Figlo. You can even conveniently schedule an appointment online today or call us at (212) 697-3293!