Feet rarely get our gratitude (or even our attention) until they are in pain. Healthy feet actually provide a strong and stable structural foundation for the entire body, but sometimes they need a little help along the way.
Arch supports and orthotics can help to rescue your achy and problematic feet. However, it takes a professional foot specialist consultation to achieve your best results!
Anatomically shaped to the contour of the human foot, arch supports are fittingly known as ‘footbeds.’ They help to make hiking or jogging a more relaxed experience, and a proper fit can also provide pain relief from conditions affecting your foot joints, nerves, tendons, toes, and heels.
It’s no secret that many manufactured supports are highly overpriced. What customers don’t realize is that they are usually too flexible and far less durable than they should be. Well-fitted arch supports can strengthen your foot muscles, boost blood circulation, and maximize your level of comfort while wearing shoes.
A simple ‘test walk’ is not the road to take — and there’s also a breaking in period involved. What you need is a proper stance and gait evaluation conducted by a podiatrist.
Remember when parents cast a mold of a newborn’s feet as a keepsake? Well, custom orthotics are medical devices shaped to mirror the image of your feet. They can also be customized for ski and snowboard boots. Whatever your occupation or leisure interests, orthotics can improve function and help you enjoy a more active lifestyle.
The average service life of custom orthotics is 5 years, but the benefits of proper foot care with orthotics can last a lifetime! Although a breaking in period is necessary to allow your feet to become fully adapted and completely comfortable — the wait will be well worth it.
Under the supervision of a podiatrist, the orthotics are based on your own biometrics: weight, the height of each arch, and the width of the heels. They are also modified based on pre-existing health problems; such as bunions, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, arthritis, or metatarsalgia.
SLC Podiatry has carried in-stock prefabricated arch supports for over 2 decades now. These personal favorites of Dr. Elizabeth E. Auger and her patients cost 25-50% less than retail ready-made and are thin enough to wear with any shoes — even with high heels!
There are insurance plans that cover the full cost of orthotics, such as DMBA, BCBS, and active-duty TRICARE for military personnel. Other policies may provide a portion of the expense, and SLC Podiatry has a coupon to help with any uncovered amounts!
The care Dr. Auger gives to her patients is just that, care, and it grows out of the joy she derives from helping members of her community.