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How Orthotics Can Relieve Your Pain

How Orthotics Can Relieve Your Pain

You may think that the various aches and pains in your feet, legs, and hips just come down to age, and that’s possible. Another likely possibility is that they’re due to having improper foot alignment and movement and ill-fitting shoes.

Svetlana Malinsky, DPM, PC, is highly trained and experienced in recognizing when better footwear and custom orthotics can improve your pain. Our office offers a range of orthotics and can meet your needs, whether you need them for sports, your job, or to resolve your pain.

What are orthotics?

You’ve probably seen shoe inserts in stores, and you may have even tried them to see if they might help soothe your feet. We contend that most inserts are like shoes: one size made to fit all.

However, your feet are not only unique to your body, they’re also unique to each other. No two feet are exactly the same, yet all size 10s of a given brand of shoe are the same! Inserts are similar — they’re made to fit an average. 

In order to address your specific needs, particularly if you have pain, you need something different. 

Orthotics are medical devices

Orthotics are prescription medical devices, and before prescribing, Dr. Malinsky wants to understand your problem. She gives you a thorough exam and discusses your medical history with you before you get to the design stage. 

Orthotics can help people with numerous conditions, but they need to be tailored for the right problem. For example, orthotics to help address hip pain are designed differently from those meant to help ease the pain caused by flat feet. 

Orthotics are customized

You may be wondering how Dr. Malinsky can design orthotics just for you. Specialized technology creates a 3D image of each of your feet. These are detailed images, which she then sends to a lab so your orthotics are made to fit your feet exactly. 

Once the lab sends your orthotics to our office, you come in and we show you how to use them, and discuss how often and how long you should wear them. You may need more than one set, such as one for exercise and one for dress shoes. 

How often and how long you wear your orthotics depends to some degree on the underlying cause of your pain. For example, if you have plantar fasciitis, you may only need your custom orthotics until your feet have healed. If you need orthotics because you have low arches, you may need to wear them forever. 

Your budget matters

One reason many people purchase over-the-counter shoe inserts is the difference in price vs. custom orthotics. However, there are a few things that you should consider when it comes to the price of shoe inserts. 

You know prescription orthotics are designed for you, and we offer different styles and customization levels for different price points so you have some options. We also have some clinical-grade prefabricated orthotics in our office that may work for you. 

Understand that our orthotics are of a very high quality and will last for years. You recognize the value you get for your money when you invest in custom orthotics if you have a good idea of how long they last. 

Using orthotics can relieve your pain. Although prescription orthotics may be more expensive than you’d like, living without pain is a worthy investment.

Because custom orthotics are medical devices, your insurance may help cover the cost. Be sure to check your policy. 

Ready to ease your pain? 

If you’d like to learn more about orthotics and decide if they might be the right solution for your aches and pains, schedule an appointment with Dr. Malinsky. She’s happy to answer your questions and discuss your needs.

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