At Desert Foot Surgeons, Dr. Stephen Geller, DPM, is double board certified in primary podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery and explains how orthotics can be used for a wide variety of foot pain treatment in Phoenix. Orthotics can also be used to treat pain associated with ankle, leg, knee, hip and back pain as well. The majority of people think of orthotics as just arch supports that are used in treating flat feet. Orthotic therapy does help support the arch and is definitely used in the treatment of flat feet and foot pain, but the effectiveness of orthotic therapy goes far beyond that.
Basically, an orthotic is a device that fits into your shoes in order to reposition and re-balance your feet relative to the ground. With many of our patients, Dr. Geller has used orthotic therapy as a simple way to fix some lower extremity issues, eliminating the need for more aggressive therapies, including surgery. We use orthotics as a way to treat many foot and leg problems as part of our foot pain treatment in Phoenix. With orthotic therapy, the orthotic device repositions your feet and it is this change in step that will lessen or eliminate your foot pain. In most cases, however, if you stop wearing the orthotics your specific foot pain will most likely return. Many of our patients have an imbalance in the way they walk and it is this unevenness that causes the pain. Orthotic therapy remedies the imbalance and your foot pain is lessened.
Orthotics come in several varieties and often referred to as shoe inserts or insoles. There are many varieties and brands available at drugstores and supermarkets but actual medical problems can’t be remedied with these generic inserts. Therefore, a custom orthotic from Desert Foot Surgeons is necessary. These “medical grade orthotics” are for those patients who need more than just an arch support and will only benefit from prescription grade materials adjusted to the specific height of your arch. When a prescription orthotic is made, there will most likely be things built into it that attempt to re-balance your foot’s position, instead of just trying to support your arch. To make a prescription orthotic, the shape of the foot has to be “captured”, using plaster of paris molds of your feet. As messy as this process can be, Dr. Geller feels it can be an essential part of certain foot pain treatment in Phoenix.