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Unleashing the Benefits of Custom Orthotics: Improving Comfort and Mobility

Unleashing the Benefits of Custom Orthotics Improving Comfort and MobilityIn the dynamic world we live in, it’s important to prioritize our foot health. Custom orthotics, specifically designed shoe inserts prescribed by our foot and ankle specialists at Bunion Surgery Specialists, offer a multitude of benefits that go beyond mere comfort. In this blog post, we will explore the remarkable advantages of custom orthotics and delve into how they can enhance your overall well-being.

Enhanced Foot Support and Alignment:

Custom orthotics are tailored to address specific foot conditions such as overpronation (excessive inward rolling), supination (inward rolling), or pes planus (flat feet). By providing corrective support, custom orthotics promote proper foot alignment, reducing strain on the feet, ankles, and knees. In addition to promoting overall health, custom orthotics can help relieve pain associated with common foot conditions like plantar fasciitis, bunions, arch pain, and arthritis. By distributing pressure evenly and cushioning vulnerable areas, they reduce discomfort and enhance overall foot function.

Improved Athletic Performance and Injury Prevention:

A key benefit of custom orthotics is their ability to absorb shock during physical activities. Whether for high school sports, adult leagues, or your new pair of running shoes, custom orthotics reduce the impact on the feet and lower limbs, and minimize the risk of stress fractures, shin splints, and other exercise-related injuries. Not only do custom orthotics help to prevent pain, but custom orthotics also provide stability to the foot, improving balance and proprioception (the body’s awareness of its positioning). This stability can enhance performance in athletic activities that require precise footwork and agility.

Enhanced Comfort for Daily Activities:

Custom orthotics offer superior comfort by providing additional support to the feet. Whether you’re standing for long periods, walking, or participating in daily activities, they help reduce fatigue and discomfort.

Eased Joint Strain:

Custom orthotics can alleviate strain on the joints by improving foot mechanics and reducing excessive forces passed on to the knees, hips, and spine. This benefit extends to individuals with conditions like arthritis and joint degeneration, as orthotics help minimize pain and slow down the progression of these conditions.

Personalized Fit:

Unlike generic shoe inserts, custom orthotics are made based on precise measurements of your foot, ensuring a personalized fit. At the Foot and Ankle Center of Iowa, individuals who qualify for custom orthotics will be scanned using state-of-the-art 3-dimensional laser scanning. This process takes into account factors such as arch type, foot length, and unique biomechanics for optimal support and functionality. Your foot and ankle specialist will then write a prescription for the lab to use to construct your orthotics based on your specific foot and symptoms. Custom orthotics are versatile in their use and may be inserted into dress shoes, sneakers, boots, and athletic shoes. This versatility allows our patients to experience the benefits of orthotics regardless of their footwear choices.

If you have any foot and ankle ailments, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists. You can schedule your consultation by calling us at (515) 639-3775, or schedule online here:

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