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Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:00

Orthotics as a Solution for Children’s Foot Problems

Orthotics, special inserts that are worn inside the shoe, can provide foot support, promote healthy foot development, and help alleviate foot-related pain for children. Children's feet are continually growing and developing, and certain conditions, such as flat feet or foot misalignments, may benefit from orthotic intervention. Orthotics designed for children can help correct gait abnormalities, improve foot alignment, and minimize pain associated with common problems like plantar fasciitis or shin splints. By providing additional support to growing feet, orthotics contribute to optimal biomechanics and can prevent the progression of certain foot conditions. If your child is experiencing foot-related pain or other foot issues, it is suggested you consult with a podiatrist who can discuss the possibility of orthotics tailored to your child’s growing feet or other treatment solutions. 

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Richard DiBacco, DPM from Podiatry Associates of Erie, Inc.. 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 one of our offices located in Erie and Meadville, PA, . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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