Sometimes people and objects need a little extra support to avoid serious damage. What do you do when you pack a box full of glass cups or vases to prevent them from breaking? You fill the spaces between them with padding, whether you use packing paper or Styrofoam or bubble wrap. If your chair is wobbling because one leg is too short, you find a foam pad or other support to fill that gap and stabilize the whole thing. Sometimes your feet and ankles deal with a lot of limiting pain. Cushioning or stabilization can offer some relief, which is where special insoles called orthotics come in.
Orthotics are a special shoe inserts designed to fit inside normal footwear and add padding, support, or even correct conditions in your feet and ankles. They are prescribed and molded by an experienced podiatrist, who uses them to help relieve pain brought on by pressure or incorrect biomechanics. They are usually categorized by their use: functional, accommodative, or a combination of those. The functional type is created to control abnormal motion. They help the foot deal with a biomechanical weakness that’s causing injuries or pain. Accommodative types have softer insoles, designed to offer extra padding and cushioned support. They help the foot deal with pressure areas and rubbing.
These prescription insoles are different from the shoe inserts or arch supports you grab off the shelf at a convenience store or pharmacy. Because they are custom made for your unique feet and individual discomfort, they are able to effectively target your pain and correct preexisting conditions. The pre-fabricated inserts you buy in a store or order online are created to deal with average feet and general issues, which means they cannot correct unique biomechanical problems. In some cases, they can be helpful for providing a layer of cushioning and support. The wrong type of supports, however, can painfully change the way you walk or add pressure to a different part of your foot, causing more damage than good.
The shape, design, and purpose of the custom orthotics depend on your symptoms and an evaluation by an experienced podiatrist, like Dr. Joel W. Brook or Dr. David R. Northcutt. They complete a full exam to determine what your exact needs are. Once they have determined how an orthotic would help you, they take measurements.
Foot pain can limit the mobility and independence of anyone, from a professional athlete to a stay-at-home-mom or office worker. They good news is that many painful problems that affect the lower limbs are easily treatable with prescription orthotics. If you or someone you care about is struggling with lower limb pain, contact the experts at Dallas Podiatry Works to see if molded inserts could help you regain your mobility. Call either of our two offices—(972) 566-7474 for the Dallas location, or (972) 943-3323 for the Plano office—or fill out the form on the website contact page to reach us for more information or an appointment.
The doctor has great “bedside manners” when talking to patients. Great staff and comfortable atmosphere.
The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of foot care.
I would highly recommend Dr. Brook to anyone with foot problems–especially problems that stump other podiatrists. He really is very caring and very knowledgeable.
Dr. Joel Brook and the staff were nice and helpful. Though I was a new patient, I got right in as soon as they were open in my preferred location. They diagnosed the problem and provided medicines along with a perfect gel bandage so I could keep exercising while my toes healed. My toes already hurt less and look a little better each day. If I have future issues, I will be a repeat customer. Here’s hoping I don’t, but at least I know my feet are in good hands.
I visited this office for an ingrown toe nail a few years ago. After seeing another doctor, who made it worse, he referred me to Dallas Podiatry Works. The doctor there was able to fix my problem. I’m not great with reviews, all I can tell you is that this doctor and staff will have you up and running or doing whatever it is you do in no time. You will be in great hands. You’d be a fool not to use this doctor. Now its time to visit him again for the other toe.
Been having bad ankle pains for 6 months was referred here and it was a great visit ladies in the front desk medical assistants and the Doctor were all very friendly and make you feel very comfortable.