Custom Orthotics & Heel Pain Relief
Heel pain is one of the most common complaints that physicians and orthopedists hear from their patients. Many people experience pain when walking or standing for any length of time. Conditions such as heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, and even stress fractures can cause chronic, unbearable heel pain in patients. Most heel pain, however, is not caused by a condition within the heel at all. Rather, it is caused by a mechanical misalignment in the body.
How Misalignment Affects Your Body
Mechanical misalignment can cause numerous complications, most of them painful. Mechanical misalignment often starts in one’s hip. Tightness in the hip joint causes an individual to walk with a misaligned gait. “Gait” is a word that is used to describe the movements that one makes when walking or running. An incorrect gait places undue, uneven pressure on the sole of the foot, resulting in what most people interpret as heel pain when walking or standing. Those with an awkward or abnormal gait often experience various progressive pain and disorders of the feet and ankle. Correcting the misalignment in one’s gait is the first step to relieving heel pain. Those who suffer from heel spurs or plantar fasciitis also feel relief when the alignment of their gait is corrected.
Drug Store Orthotics
There are many different over the counter orthotic options that can help realign one’s walk and relieve any resulting pain. Drug stores and shoe stores both carry numerous heel cups, cushions, and shoe inserts that are designed to reduce the stress that is placed on pressure points and relieve heel and foot pain. Drug store orthotic devices are accessible and affordable, and many patients find temporary relief when wearing these devices.
Custom orthotics are the key to relieving heel pain permanently. Every foot is unique, and so is every foot problem. Custom orthotic devices are much more beneficial to those who deal with heel pain. Custom orthotics are produced by orthopedists who carefully analyze a patient’s feet and stride, including the size, shape, muscle strength, and tendon tightness of the foot. Custom orthotics are designed to mold to the foot and provide patients with the support and comfort that they need to relieve the chronic heel pain that they have been experiencing.
When used correctly and over the long term, custom orthotics can not only correct your gait, they can correct the way that your body is positioned when standing, or even sitting with your feet planted on the floor. You can speak with a Teter Orthotics & Prosthetics orthopedist to start the process of correcting your heel pain problems today.
Teter Orthotics & Prosthetics has twenty-two locations in Michigan, including Traverse City, Cadillac, Petoskey and Grand Rapids making it easy to find an office near you.