Your feet and ankles provide the base of support for your entire body, which means that even the slightest problem can throw this support off balance. For many people, custom orthotics provide a long-lasting solution that helps alleviate any pain and discomfort caused by that imbalance, allowing your feet to function as they should. At Pomona Valley Podiatry Group, Brian O’Neill, DPM, provides custom orthotics to his patients in Pomona, California, putting a new spring in their step. Call or use the online scheduler to request an appointment.
Before getting into why you might need orthotics, it’s helpful to understand the integral role your feet and ankles play in your entire musculoskeletal system. Your feet are relatively small compared with the burden they bear, which means that every area of your foot needs to be functioning at its best to provide you with the support you need.
If any one area isn’t pulling its weight, it throws the entire system off balance and taxes bones, ligaments, joints, muscles, and tendons in your feet, which can lead to problems with pain and function.
And the problem may not stay local. If your feet aren’t functioning properly, it can cause misalignments along your entire musculoskeletal system, including your spine.
Ideally, your feet should sit flat on the ground (except for the arch area), with the weight spread out evenly over the entire foot. When a problem arises, such as a bunion, you make up for the deficit by relying on your neighboring toes to do the work, a job that they’re ill-prepared for. The same holds true for a host of conditions, including:
If your feet are causing problems with your gait, or you have pain or discomfort, custom orthotics can help get your feet back on the ground the way they’re supposed to be.
The idea behind orthotics is that they are custom-made to fit your feet and address your unique situation. When you come in to see Dr. O’Neill, he takes a plaster mold of your feet, which he sends to an outside lab for manufacture. Along with the molds, Dr. O’Neill sends specific instructions for your custom orthotics that will help provide the support you need.
Once the molds are ready, you return to Pomona Valley Podiatry Group to pick them up. You should bring the shoes you would typically wear so that the doctor can make any necessary adjustments and ensure that the orthotics accomplish what they’re supposed to.
To explore whether custom orthotics are right for you, call Pomona Valley Podiatry Group, or fill out the online form to request an appointment.