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How Custom Orthotics Can Help Arthritis Pain

Arthritis, whether rheumatoid or osteoarthritis, can significantly impair one's quality of life, particularly when it affects the feet. Constant foot pain can hinder mobility, limit activities, and lead to physical and emotional challenges. However, custom-made orthotics can help those grappling with arthritis-related foot discomfort. Orthotics are tailor-made shoe inserts designed to alleviate pressure on specific areas of the foot, redistributing weight and promoting proper alignment. By providing support and cushioning, orthotics reduce pain and discomfort, allowing individuals to move more freely and engage in daily activities. Moreover, orthotics can help reduce the need for pain medication, offering a non-invasive alternative for managing arthritis symptoms. By improving gait and reducing strain on joints, orthotics can also play a significant role in preventing the progression of arthritis, helping individuals maintain their mobility and independence for longer. If you suffer from arthritic symptoms of the feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for relief options.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Brandon M. Zuklie, DPM from New Jersey. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Piscataway, Jamesburg, and Branchburg, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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