Custom Orthotics: Are They Right for You?


We have some exciting news! We would like to welcome Dr. Mark Thompson to our practice. Together, Dr. Thompson and Dr. Brandon Holloway of Amarillo Foot Specialists will continue to provide you with the compassionate care you have come to expect. In today’s message, they’ll be discussing custom orthotics and if they’re right for you.

Orthotics are a common treatment option for various foot problems and many people wear them daily. However, it can be challenging to tell if you need orthotics and how and why they can help you. While it’s always a good idea to visit a podiatrist if you have a serious foot issue, understanding common reasons for getting orthotics can help you make an informed decision.

What do customer orthotics do?

Orthotics are prescription, custom-made inserts that are worn inside your shoes to correct foot issues, such as problems with how you walk, run, or stand. They also provide relief for patients with foot pain that is being caused by plantar fasciitis, arthritis, bursitis, and diabetes. They are also commonly used for patients with flat feet or arch issues.

Why do patients typically get custom orthotics?

The following are some of the issues that custom orthotics can address:

Foot Pain: There is a significant number of people who suffer from avoidable foot pain. Wearing shoes that don’t fit properly can cause permanent damage to your feet. Also, shoes that don’t fit the natural shape of your foot (like pointed toe or high heel shoes) can cause fatigue and stress.

Heel Pain: Heel pain is different than foot pain because it can be a sign of plantar fasciitis. If you feel severe heel pain - especially in the morning - you may have plantar fasciitis, which is treated by orthotics.

Too much or too little rotation: Our feet turn naturally, but sometimes our feet are turned too little or too much. Under and over-pronation can cause serious pain and fatigue of the feet. Orthotics can help align your feet correctly and relieve the pain.

Arch Issues: Custom orthotics can be beneficial if you have a high arch or no arch in your foot. With either of these issues, regular shoes are probably not giving your feet the support they require. Looking at the insides of your feet can help you determine if your arches are too low or high.

If you think you may be a candidate for orthotics, contact the office of Dr. Brandon Holloway and Dr. Mark Thompson of Amarillo Foot Specialists today at (806) 322-3338 to schedule a consultation. While you’re here, we can evaluate your feet for any other underlying issues and recommend treatment options.