How Custom Orthotics Can Help With Your Heel Pain

Find out how wearing custom-made shoe inserts could help with painful, achy feet. 

Heel pain is one of the most common issues that adults face. If you are an athlete or runner you may find yourself dealing with heel pain more than you would like to admit. Here at The Podiatry Associates in East Toronto, Whitby, Mississauga and Brantford, Ontario, our team of podiatrists and chiropodists can provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan to tackle heel pain caused by heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis and everything in between. Find out more about custom orthotics and how they could alleviate your heel pain.

What are custom orthotics? 

Custom orthotics are specially crafted devices that are placed within the shoes to help realign the joints and muscles of the foot and ankle. Just as glasses or contacts work to correct your vision, custom shoe inserts also work to correct imbalances and problems within the feet.

What are the benefits of custom orthotics? 

Orthotics can be used to treat a wide range of problems and can be beneficial for,

  • Taking stress and strain off the feet
  • Redistributing pressure and force evenly throughout the foot
  • Providing cushioning and support for the heels and arches of the feet
  • Stabilizing the foot and ankle
  • Providing shock absorption when walking or running

Custom orthotics are specifically designed to support your feet and your feet alone. This is what makes them different from the orthotics you can find over the counter. Custom orthotics can correct mechanical imbalances and provide your heels and arches with the proper support they need to take pressure off the areas as they heal. Of course, your podiatrist will recommend other treatment options along with custom orthotics to reduce pain and inflammation and to speed up healing.

When should I see a foot doctor for my heel pain? 

When you turn to us for an evaluation we will ask questions about your symptoms, examine the feet and perform the proper diagnostic testing to be able to make a definitive diagnosis. The goal is to find out the cause of your heel pain. While some cases of heel pain will go away on their own with rest and home care, there are some cases in which plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis can become chronic. If you are dealing with recurring or unresponsive heel pain then seek immediate medical attention.

With offices in East Toronto, Whitby, Mississauga and Brantford, Ontario, The Podiatry Associates offers a full-service podiatry clinic to treat a variety of foot and ankle problems. If you want to find out more about custom orthotics and whether they are right for you call one of our clinics today to schedule an appointment.