By Ankle and Foot Institute
January 03, 2014
Category: Foot Care
We’re all guilty of it—forcing our feet into uncomfortable shoes. It doesn’t have to be that way. Taking care of your feet should be your number one priority. You need healthy, functional feet to be able to get around, of course, by foot. You may choose shoes to make a fashion statement, but it’s better to be comfortable than wincing every time you take a step. That is why orthotics supplies the support you need for that extra pep in your step!
A store bought orthotic may be what you think you need, but for extra comfort and custom-fit, talk to your podiatrists in St. Louis, Drs. Gabriel Cardenas and Richard Wittock, about prescription orthotics in St. Louis.
A Guide to Better Support
Unlike store bought orthotics, custom orthotics are made for you. Drs. Cardenas and Wittock will examine your feet and offer one of three categories of orthotics: soft, semi-rigid and rigid.
From flat feet to a cavus foot (rigid, high arch), there are different types of orthotics (soft, semi-rigid and rigid) that can help keep you on your feet, minus the pain. Here are some common foot problems and a list of recommended orthotics.
- High arches - Your shoes need extra cushion to even out the points of pressure (Soft orthotics recommended)
- Flat foot - If flat foot causes discomfort, you might need support near the arch, inner heel or extended heel (Semi-rigid orthotics recommended)
- Forefoot pain - Pads and wide shoes can help forefoot pain (soft orthotics recommended)
- Heel pain - Need support near the heal (soft or semi-rigid orthotics recommended)
At the Ankle and Foot Institute in St. Louis, orthotics can give you optimal comfort. Why not try it out? A simple plaster cast can identify your foot’s character and create the correct support. For more information, call (636) 717-1100 today!