Preserving Mobility: Foot Orthotics Benefit Injury Rehabilitation & Reduce Disability
Posted by Jenn F. on Friday, June 6th, 2014
Orthotics are shoe inserts that add support to a person’s footwear, with the end goal of improving stability, function, and biomechanical alignment in the feet, ankles, legs, hips, and spine. You may find this solution advantageous, whether you are suffering from foot pain currently or recovering from serious injury. The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine is a full-service sports medicine and podiatry clinic, as well as a provider of custom orthotic inserts in the New York City region. We’d love to meet up and discuss whether custom orthotics are something that could benefit you.
What Conditions Do Orthotics Treat?
Orthotics have been in the news headlines a lot lately. Often, benefits are touted for the treatment of:
Most types of foot pain can benefit from custom orthotic inserts that are molded to the shape of your feet. We can set you up with a pair of sturdy, durable orthotics at either one of our New York podiatrist offices in Westchester or Manhattan. While not particularly expensive, it’s still helpful to know that most insurances will cover a good portion of the cost and we can also do payment plans if necessary.
Orthotic Inserts Benefit People Suffering from Back Pain
You may not immediately think of treating the feet to help your back, but a 2013 study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that the use of foot orthotics in addition to standard care among patients with chronic low back pain lowered disability scores and reduced the need for prescribed pain relief.
As Chiropractic News reminds us, “It is important to remember that foot orthotics do not typically work alone when it comes to rehabilitation and recovery.” You will still need a program of stretching and strength-training, as well as pain medication and other therapies in combination with shoe orthotics as well. We can provide all of that here at The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine, your one-stop-shop for an active recovery.
Orthotics in New York City
“People, whose feet or legs are not in perfect alignment, often experience pain in other parts of their body,” says Dr. Josef Geldwert, DPM, of The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine. “Your feet are your foundation. Orthotics correct the movement of the foot, and that relieves the problems in the legs and hips.”
Following a diagnosis, custom orthotic insoles can be molded at The Center and then individually manufactured to fit a person’s unique feet. When chronic stress is removed, pain generally dissipates as well. Our clients are often surprised at what a difference a little extra foot support can make.
Orthotics are also often part of a comprehensive injury recovery program that we offer here. If you’ve been hurt playing a sport or in an unforeseen accident, we can offer you top-level care that involves trusted, tried and true solutions like custom orthotics, as well as innovative medical breakthroughs like platelet-rich plasma and shockwave therapy. Book your appointment with a NY podiatrist here.
If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, Dr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.