When you are in need of further support for your feet, our podiatrists in Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Speilfogel and Dr. Kleyner, might recommend custom orthotics. The availability of orthotics allows for improved protection for your feet for a variety of issues, such as heel pain or flat feet in Manhattan. Let’s take a look at custom orthotics and why you might need them.

What Is Orthotics?

Custom-made orthotics are medical shoe inserts that support and gently reposition the heel, arch, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones in the feet. Orthotics enable the structures in the foot to work together to make each step pain-free. Unlike over-the-counter shoe inserts, custom-made orthotics in Brooklyn, NY are created from non-weight bearing molds of your feet.
These devices are designed to meet your individual needs. These devices are typically made with comfortable materials that are very durable and can be designed to fit in any type of shoe.Custom-made orthotics in Manhattan and Brooklyn have been shown to help alleviate and relieve pain caused by the following foot conditions:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Arch pain
  • Diabetes-related pain
  • Bunions
  • Hammer toe
  • Corns & calluses

In addition to relieving pain and reducing inflammation, custom orthotics help control alignment and function of the foot. This helps treat and prevent injuries caused by sharp or excessive movement during physical activity. Custom orthotics also help to make activities like running and walking more efficient by improving the structure of the foot.

How Do Custom Orthotics Work?

The root cause of most foot problems can be attributed to poor foot structure. Even the smallest misalignment in the foot can cause significant pain or discomfort. Misalignment in the foot usually causes foot conditions like bunions, corns, hammer toe, etc. If you suffer from these conditions, custom-made orthotics from Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY podiatrists, Dr. Speilfogel and Dr. Kleyner, are recommended to pad and protect the foot.

Orthotics function to not only support the arch but also realign the structures of the foot. By doing so, custom orthotics improve the structure of the foot and help prevent bone misalignment, as well as tendon and ligament fatigue. As your foot strikes the ground, orthotics gently direct your foot structure into the correct position to reduce pain and stop inflammation.

How Is Orthotics Made?

Following a physical exam and diagnosis of the condition, your podiatrist may recommend orthotics as part of the treatment plan. There are several methods that can be used to cast a mold or create an image of your foot—from computer guided and laser imaging to just a normal cast. Once the image or cast has been taken, they are usually sent to a medical lab to be created.
If you are experiencing foot pain or other complications, please contact Dr. Speilfogel and Dr. Kleyner, our podiatrists in Manhattan and Brooklyn, to learn more about custom-made orthotics.