The Power of Orthotics


Feet are like snowflakes; no two are exactly alike. But if this is the case, why don’t the inserts that come standard in the shoes we buy automatically support our feet in the way we need? Shoes are mass produced, and, as a result, they don’t match the unique topography of your foot. Everyone’s arches, toes, and tendons are different, so you should have footwear that works with them, not against them. Let’s talk about what orthotics are and what they can do for you.

What Are Orthotics?

Foot orthotics are custom shoe inserts that are molded specifically to the shape of your foot. In a way, they fill in the space between the sole of your shoe and the bottom of your foot, which is created by the natural contour of your foot. Creating custom insoles requires more than just an understanding of the shape of your foot; your podiatrist will need to have an idea of the way you move in general. Therefore, before creating the orthotic, your foot doctor will perform a thorough evaluation of your feet, legs, and gait.

How Do They Work?

Orthotics are designed to make your shoe fit your foot in a more natural way. By supporting your entire foot, you relieve yourself of unnecessary friction and strain on your tendons. Whether you’re just walking down the avenue or running the New York Marathon, your shoes should move like they’re a part of your body, too. Wearing orthotics can prevent injuries like:

If you’re currently struggling with any of these ailments, see board-certified podiatrists, Jonathan Levy, DPM, and Nadia Levy, DPM, at Park 56 Podiatry located in Midtown East, Manhattan as soon as possible. Every step that you take without orthotics is a step closer to losing the ability to do the things you love on your feet. Make an appointment online or call (212) 980-6487 today.