Shoe inserts have been around for a very long time. In the past they were used primarily to eliminate foot odor. Today, you can find shoe inserts in every grocery or drugstore in town and they’re not just for smelly feet anymore. Today, these shoe inserts or orthotics in Dallas TX claim to not only soothe painful feet but to control the alignment of the foot and leg. But can you trust the off-the-shelf products to do what you need them to do? Keep in mind that everyone’s feet are different when you reach for those numbered, gel insoles. How can five or six different types of inserts possibly accommodate the foot problems of millions of different people? They can’t.
That’s why it’s so important that you see a doctor of podiatric medicine for your orthotics in Dallas TX. A doctor of podiatric medicine or podiatrist is uniquely qualified, not to find, but to fabricate the right orthotic for you. Podiatrists are physicians who complete four years of training in a podiatric medical school followed by three years of training in residency at a hospital. They diagnose and treat conditions of the foot, ankle and leg. Podiatrists, like other doctors, can specialize in different areas like surgery, pediatric podiatry, sports medicine and wound or diabetic care.
Unlike those off-the-shelf inserts, orthotics are custom-made for your feet by your podiatrist using state-of-the-art technology. In addition, your podiatrist will make a thorough examination of your feet and legs and will discuss your symptoms with you to diagnose your foot problems. Those problems can include bursitis, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, diabetic foot ulcers and pain in the foot, heel and ankle. Your podiatrist will know if you need functional orthotics or accommodative orthotics in Dallas TX.
Functional orthotics are designed to control abnormal motion and to control the pain that results from abnormal motion. Functional orthotics are usually made of a semi-rigid material like plastic or graphite. Accommodative orthotics are softer and provide cushioning and support. These can help with calluses and diabetic foot ulcers. Studies have shown that podiatrist-prescribed orthotics decrease foot pain and improve function.
Although you may try grocery store inserts, if you feel that your feet require more cushioning; but if you suspect your problems go beyond a little soreness at the end of the day, make an appointment with a podiatrist for an evaluation. In Dallas, visit us at Treat Your Feet and let podiatrist, Dr. Karen Wasserman, help you to get the right orthotics for your feet. Call us today at (214) 350-1311 to schedule an appointment. You can also visit us online at www.treatfeet.net to find out more.