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7 Common Foot Problems that Custom Orthotics Can Treat

7 Common Foot Problems that Custom Orthotics Can Treat

Living with chronic foot pain or discomfort makes it difficult to complete routine, daily activities. Even simple activities like standing or walking can become challenging. Many people experiencing foot pain get custom orthotics, inserts that fit inside the shoe, to relieve pressure and discomfort.

Ijeoma C Nwuju, DPM, and the dedicated podiatry team at Foot and Ankle Wellness Center in Washington, DC, understand how important healthy feet are in maintaining your overall well-being. Here are seven of the most common foot problems that custom orthotics can treat:

1. Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a common, often painful foot condition caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. Custom orthotics can help relieve plantar fasciitis pain by providing proper arch support, reducing strain on the fascia, and improving overall foot mechanics.

2. Flat feet

Flat feet, also known as fallen arches, can lead to foot fatigue and general discomfort. Dr. Nwuju can customize orthotics to address the unique shape of your foot and provide arch support and stability. Redistributing the weight and correcting alignment helps reduce pain associated with flat feet.

3. Bunions

Bunions are bony protrusions that develop at the base of the big toe, causing pain and making it challenging to find comfortable shoes. Custom orthotics can help slow down the progression of bunions by stabilizing the foot and preventing excessive pressure on the affected area, thus reducing discomfort and promoting better foot health.

4. Overpronation

Overpronation occurs when the foot rolls excessively inward while walking or running, leading to various foot problems and even ankle, knee, and hip pain. Custom orthotics can improve foot alignment and reduce the risk of related issues, enhancing overall foot function.

5. High arches

High arches can cause instability and pressure on certain parts of the foot, leading to discomfort and an increased risk of injuries. Custom orthotics can provide essential support and cushioning to distribute weight more evenly, reducing the strain on the arches and promoting better foot mechanics.

6. Morton's neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful condition involving thickening tissue around the nerves leading to the toes. Custom orthotics with metatarsal pads can help alleviate pressure on the affected area, reducing pain and improving comfort.

7. Achilles tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis is inflammation of the Achilles tendon, which connects the heel bone to your calf muscles. Custom orthotics can provide cushioning and support to reduce tension on the tendon, promoting healing and preventing further irritation.

How to get custom orthotics for your foot problems

At Foot and Ankle Wellness Center, we’re committed to providing comprehensive foot care solutions that improve our patient's quality of life. Custom orthotics provide relief from pain and discomfort and enhance overall foot health.

Call the office in Washington, DC today. Together, we can assess your unique needs and design custom orthotics to address your specific concerns, helping you walk, run, and live more comfortably.

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