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The generic orthotics that you can buy at your pharmacy or shoe store have their purpose, but they may only provide temporary improvement. Custom orthotics are molded to the specific contours of your foot, making for a much better fit than with the mass produced variety.
Some of the benefits of custom orthotics include the following:
- They are much more comfortable—and treat conditions more effectively than the generics. A digital gait analysis can be performed to scan your whole foot and help to produce a mold that will be used to make the custom inserts.
- Custom orthotics treat a wide variety of foot conditions—From flat feet, fallen arches and balance issues, to bunions and plantar fasciitis, custom orthotics can help. Problems with ankle instability and tendinitis can also be addressed. Often, the right footwear and a properly designed and placed orthotic is all that is needed to alleviate pain and discomfort.
- Injury prevention—Athletes who are more susceptible to foot and ankle injuries can benefit from the use of custom orthotics, which provide the proper support and help the feet to function in a stressful environment without pain and discomfort.
- More durable—Your custom orthotics are made with much more durable components than the store bought variety, and will therefore last longer so you don’t have to buy new ones every year.
- Diabetic foot care—Custom orthotics combined with a special shoe are very beneficial for diabetic patients since they can be molded for specific foot issues like foot ulcers, calluses, and corns.
Whether you are a runner trying to prevent injuries, or are experiencing pain and discomfort in your feet and ankles, custom orthotics can improve your foot function and help diminish the pain. At Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN, our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
Diabetes is a disease that can affect different parts of your body, most notably your feet. According to health.usnews.com, “approximately 15 to 25 percent of patients with diabetes will develop a foot ulcer at some point during their lifetime.” Diabetic foot ulcers, injuries to the feet, can lead to infection if not treated properly. Foot ulcers are characterized as an opening “in the skin that exposes the underlying tissue.” There exist neuropathic ulcers, which occur due to a loss of sensation in the feet, or ischemic ulcers, which occur due to a lack of blood flow in the body. It is important to see your doctor immediately for evaluation and treatment of any diabetic conditions you may have.
Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent any complications. If you believe you are having problems with your diabetic feet, consult with Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Our doctor will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.
Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.
The Importance of Caring for Your Feet
- Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
- Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.
Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels because blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.
It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.
If you have any questions, please contact our office located in New Albany, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.