The Benefits of Custom Orthotics

Sep 01, 2022

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The Benefits of Custom Orthotics

While your feet may seem small compared to the rest of your body, they have a significant job. And no matter your age or line of work, even everyday tasks, like standing in line or walking around the store, stress the sensitive tissues of your feet.

The experienced podiatrists at Salt Lake City Foot and Ankle Clinic in Holladay and West Jordan, Utah, are committed to helping people in the Salt Lake City area experience the best foot and ankle health possible.

That’s why our team offers custom orthotics. These personalized shoe inserts not only ease pain associated with foot problems, but they also offer many other benefits. Take a moment to learn about the benefits of custom orthotics and why they might be right for you. 

Custom orthotics 101: What you need to know

Custom orthotics are specialized shoe inserts designed to fit your feet. You place them inside your shoes where they improve balance and evenly distribute your weight and stresses on your feet and ankles.

The over-the-counter (OTC) orthotics you’ve seen online or in stores offer some support. However, custom orthotics are created from higher-quality materials and provide more effective results. 

Store-bought orthotics also aren’t customized to your specifications. That means that for some people, wearing them actually contributes to certain foot conditions and can make your foot mechanics worse. 

To ensure your custom orthotics work for you, our team first evaluates your feet and conducts a physical exam. We also observe your gait (the way you walk).

Using a laser scanner to create a 3D image, our team then generates a cast or model of your feet. We send the models to a medical lab where a technician creates your custom orthotics.

Understanding the benefits of custom orthotics

Orthotics address existing foot problems. They can also prevent foot-related issues. Here’s a closer look:

1. Reduce or prevent pain

People develop foot pain or related pain in their legs and ankles for different reasons, including experiencing an injury, recovering from surgery, a joint condition, weight challenges, or simply having an issue with the way you walk.

Fortunately, custom orthotics reduce pain in your feet, ankles, and legs by offering extra support and correcting problems with balance and alignment. Some conditions orthotics help manage include:

Custom orthotics aren’t only for people with existing foot pain. These specialized shoe inserts can also prevent foot and ankle pain by offering better support and balance. 

2. Discreet foot support

At Salt Lake City Foot and Ankle Clinic, some of our patients who could benefit from orthotics worry about having to wear highly visible foot support. That’s why we make custom orthotics that seamlessly fit many shoe types, including dress shoes and heels. 

That means nobody can see you’re wearing them. And because custom orthotics are removable, you can take them out of your shoes and put them back as needed. 

3. Lower your risk of injury 

The extra support custom orthotics give your feet, ankles, knees, and hips, reduces your risk of injuries, especially fractures and sprains. 

That is because custom orthotics give your feet a stable surface, providing more support. Therefore, custom orthotics also help protect your joints from strains and overextension. 

4. Improve your fitness

You know that staying active is essential for better health. But if you’re struggling with pain in your feet or joints, it’s not always easy to move your body as much as you would like. 

The good news is that custom orthotics eases your pain and discomfort and gives your feet, legs, and joints more support. That makes it easier for you to improve your fitness and stay active on your feet.

5. Precision fit

When our team prescribes your custom orthotics, we take into account your musculoskeletal system, underlying health conditions, existing foot troubles, your physical activity goals, and your unique lifestyle factors (including your shoe preference and occupation).

That means we tailor your custom orthotics just for you, giving you a precision fit that can’t be matched with over-the-counter or store-bought shoe inserts. From the most simple foot problem to complicated foot and ankle conditions, our team provides what you need for healthy and comfortable feet.

Find out how custom orthotics can benefit you by scheduling an appointment with our team at Salt Lake City Foot and Ankle Clinic in Holladay or West Jordan, Utah.