The Value of Custom Orthotics

If you’ve been living with foot or ankle pain when you stand, walk, or run, your podiatrist might recommend custom orthotics for cushioning and support. You might be wondering what orthotics are and whether they’re worth the investment, especially considering that over-the-counter gel insoles are available in many pharmacies and big box stores. Here are some answers from Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos:

What are custom orthotics?

Prescribed and created just for you by your podiatrist, custom orthotics are insoles that you put into your shoes to relieve and prevent discomfort. Functional (rigid) orthotics re be made of firm materials to provide support for pronation or issues including arthritis. Accommodative orthotics are fashioned from soft materials to offer relief from the pain caused by bunions, plantar fasciitis, and other problems.

Why are custom orthotics better than over-the-counter inserts?

Unlike those devices that you see at the drug store, custom orthotics are made by a podiatrist who is an expert at diagnosing and treating all issues related to foot health. Like other items such as contact lenses or eyeglasses, they are created after a careful examination and intended only for you. Ostensibly one size fits all, over-the-counter inserts are really more like one size fits none. Intended for everyone, they may be slightly helpful, they really can’t be best for anyone.

Do I need custom orthotics?

If your feet hurt, maybe. The best way to determine if orthotics are right for you is to schedule a visit with a podiatrist like Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM. With years of specialized training and experience, your foot doctor is the best-qualified medical professional to care for this part of your body.

Are you living with foot pain or do you have another concern related to the health and wellness of your feet, ankles, or lower legs? Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM can help. For a convenient appointment in My Chicago Foot Expert’s modern, comfortable Chicago office, call our friendly staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here today.

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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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