Custom orthotics can relieve pain many foot issues cause — they can even improve your gait, which can help with back pain. To get fitted for your own custom-designed orthotics, schedule an evaluation with board-certified podiatrist Karolina Varnay, DPM, at South Denver Podiatry. Book your visit at this Littleton, Colorado, clinic with the online appointment scheduler or call the office directly.
Why do I need custom orthotics?
If you’ve ever walked through the foot care aisle at your local pharmacy, you’ve probably noticed a wide variety of over-the-counter orthotics and shoe inserts that promise to relieve foot pain. While you might experience some initial slight relief, these orthotics are one-size-fits-all and aren’t designed with your specific foot shape in mind. They may actually worsen your condition.
Custom orthotics are specialized shoe inserts that are designed to provide support right where you need it. They help perfect your gait — the way you walk and stand — and can provide relief from chronic pain-causing conditions such as:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Corns and calluses
- Heel pain
In some cases, you might need custom orthotics to provide optimal support while playing sports or exercising to reduce your risk of injury.
How are prescription orthotics designed?
South Denver Podiatry is home to one of the most advanced digital imaging systems in the area. While standing on a specialized platform, Dr. Varnay performs a gait analysis and takes 3D images of your feet. The computer makes a digital model of your feet, which gets sent off to the lab where your custom orthotics are made.
It can take up to a couple weeks for your prescription orthotics to arrive. When they come in, Dr. Varnay generally schedules you for a follow-up visit to ensure your orthotics are fitting properly.
When should I wear my orthotics?
It’s important to wear your custom prescription custom orthotics regularly, especially if you’ve been diagnosed with a chronic pain-causing condition, such as plantar fasciitis. Your orthotics should fit comfortably in the shoes you wear every day.
Dr. Varnay also understands that there are times when you might not be able to wear your custom orthotics because of your footwear, such as high heels. While it’s okay to occasionally skip your orthotics for short periods, to continue providing support and prevent pain, Dr. Varnay could suggest getting fitted for inserts, like arch supports.
In any case, Dr. Varnay can counsel you on finding proper footwear to complement your orthotics, so you get maximum relief.
To get relief from foot pain with custom orthotics, schedule an appointment at South Denver Podiatry today. Click on the online scheduler or call the clinic to check availability.