If you regularly suffer from foot pain and nothing you do eases your symptoms, you may want to consider custom orthotics. Leon Stepensky, DPM, at Fit Feet Podiatry in Brighton Beach and East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City, regularly prescribes orthotics to correct foot deformities and improve his patients’ foot and ankle function. Take the first step toward living a more active and pain-free life–call the office nearest you or click the online booking tool to make an appointment today.
Orthotics are prescription heel or shoe inserts that fit the unique contours of your feet. If you suffer from chronic foot, back, or leg problems, Dr. Stepensky might recommend orthotics to ease pain, encourage mobility, and improve your quality of life.
Custom orthotics present a wide array of benefits. If you’ve tried various treatments to relieve foot, back, or leg pain without much change in your symptoms, orthotics are worth considering. They can improve your posture, help you walk, ease pain, and may even improve your athletic abilities.
To determine if you’re a candidate for orthotics, Dr. Stepensky physically examines your feet and asks you a series of questions about your symptoms and the activities that make them worse. Next, he looks for any deformities or other areas of concern that might be responsible for the pain you’re experiencing.
Afterward, Dr. Stepensky asks you to walk around the exam room and perform a series of tests. For example, he might ask you to stand on one foot or have you sit down and have you extend your leg and rotate your ankle. If necessary, Dr. Stepensky might also recommend a series of X-rays or a bone scan. Next, he takes scans or molds of your feet and sends them to a laboratory that makes your custom orthotics.
Orthotics are incredibly versatile. Dr. Stepensky might recommend orthotics to relieve pain caused by:
You might also benefit from orthotics if you have diabetes or suffer from chronic back pain.
Yes. The type of orthotic you most benefit from depends on your symptoms and health history. If you sprain your ankle or regularly experience foot pain, Dr. Stepensky might recommend a rigid orthotic made of plastic or carbon fiber. If you’re suffering from diabetic foot ulcers or plantar fasciitis, he might recommend a soft or accommodative orthotic, designed to relieve pressure on specific parts of your feet.
To learn more about the benefits of orthotics, make an appointment at Fit Feet Podiatry. Call the office nearest you or click the online booking tool today.