Orthotics Can Provide Relief from Foot Pain

Have you heard of orthotics? These are custom-made shoe inserts, prescribed and created for you by a board-certified podiatrist. They slip into your shoes to improve foot movement and increase comfort, stability, and mobility. Numerous scientific studies have proven that orthotic devices are useful in helping children, adolescents, and adults by decreasing foot pain and improving function.

There are two kinds of orthotics. Functional orthotics are crafted of firm plastic and correct atypical foot structure or motion. Accommodative orthotics are soft and are prescribed to provide cushioning and support.

Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos uses functional and accommodative orthotics to treat a wide range of issues, including:

You might wonder if custom orthotics are worth an investment when over-the-counter shoe inserts are widely available at pharmacies and many big box stores. In a word: yes! Shoe inserts may provide some short-term relief, but they can’t do what custom orthotics can. Further, although they might be a less-costly short-term investment, those padded shoe inserts are not built to last and will need to be replaced often. Finally, some insurance does pay for the cost of orthotics. Our office will work with you to determine what your plan covers.


Is foot pain making it hard for you to stand, walk, or manage daily activities with ease? Orthotics may provide relief. Schedule a convenient appointment with Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM in the modern, comfortable My Chicago Foot Expert office today. Our doctor will examine your feet to determine the source of your pain, arrive at a specific and accurate diagnosis and, if needed, design and create custom orthotics for you, using state of the art technology. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel, and at how quickly the change will come. Call our friendly staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to get started today.

Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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