The Benefits of Orthotics
Orthotic shoe devices are molded pieces of rubber, plastic, or other synthetic material that are inserted into a shoe that help balance, cushion and relieve pressure from targeted areas of the foot. They may be used to treat a variety of medical issues, including plantar fasciitis, arthritis and chronic back pain. Orthotics can also help prevent pain for avid runners or those who have to stand or walk a lot during the day.
There is a wide range of orthotics available to treat different foot problems.
- Store Bought - Many retail stores sell a few different varieties, each targeted to a different issue. Store bought orthotics aren’t very expensive and can be a good place to start testing whether or not an orthotic device may help ease your discomfort.
- Temporary Orthotics - At Cone Health Sports Medicine at MedCenter High Point, patients have the option of testing the benefits with our temporary orthotic devices. Patients can use and wear an orthotic long enough to feel the difference and decide whether they’d like to invest in a custom made orthotic.
- Custom Orthotics - For long term solutions, custom orthotic devices are best. They can last years and they are made to treat your exact needs.At Cone Health Sports Medicine at MedCenter High Point, we can create custom orthotics in 45 minutes, allowing you to leave with the device the same day we measure your foot.
Dr. Shane Hudnall, a sports medicine specialist with the Cone Health Sports Medicine at MedCenter High Point, spoke on Fox 8 House Call about how the benefits of orthotics.