4 Benefits of Wearing Custom Orthotics

4 Benefits of Wearing Custom Orthotics

If you live with foot or ankle discomfort, you’ve probably thought about — or already tried — shoe inserts. Even as an over-the-counter solution, a little more padding or support in your shoe can go a long way toward improving your comfort. 

But that’s just the start. When you get a custom orthotic tailored to your feet and their unique needs, you unlock a broad range of benefits. In fact, that’s precisely why Christopher Vittori, DPM, and Ameet Thakrar, DPM, offer orthotics at our Vittori Foot & Ankle Specialist offices in Homer Glen and New Lenox, Illinois. With these personalized foot and ankle pain solutions, we can help you realize these benefits:

The perfect fit for you

A store-bought shoe insert is designed to accommodate the widest range of feet possible. But if you have foot problems, the odds are high that your feet don’t fall in line with the average.

Custom orthotics get molded (literally) to your feet to provide precisely what you need. They will fit your specific arch height, foot width, toe length, and more. They’re tailored to your exact measurements to ensure you get just what your feet need. 

Increased comfort

Some of the orthotics we recommend are soft to add extra cushioning in your shoe. But even our rigid and semi-rigid orthotics can do a lot to increase your comfort level. They might take some getting used to, but your orthotics are designed to provide the support your feet need while alleviating foot issues, from bunions to plantar fasciitis. 

Not only will your orthotics keep your feet more comfortable, but you might also notice that they alleviate other types of pain, too. Many people report a decrease in leg or low back discomfort once their feet are properly supported. 

Fewer foot problems down the road

Orthotics can help to prevent foot injuries, plus they can slow or stop the progression of certain foot conditions. By providing your feet with the right balance of support and cushioning, your orthotic keeps your muscles, ligaments, and bones properly aligned. This can minimize your risk of dealing with podiatric problems through the years. 

Better balance

Studies have shown that customized orthotics can help to improve balance in older adults. If you’ve noticed that you seem to have two left feet lately, it could be because your feet aren’t getting the support they need.

Ultimately, orthotics can do a lot for you. To get a personalized pair fitted for your unique feet, call Vittori Foot & Ankle Specialist or schedule an appointment online today. 

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