Many people have problems with their feet and have come to expect and accept pain, especially at the end of the day. The foot is always in motion and is under tremendous pressure from normal day to day activities including walking, running, and standing. Many problems that occur in the feet, legs, hips, back, shoulders and neck can be attributed to misalignment in the joints of the foot. This is especially true for those who are active in doing outdoor activities in and around Salt Lake City. Orthotics and appropriate shoes can help.
Foot and ankle specialist Elizabeth E. Auger, DPM specializes in orthotic devices that are designed to promote structural integrity of the joints in the feet and legs. These devices work by resisting the ground reactive forces that cause abnormal motions of the feet when ambulating, which gives them the ability to decrease and eliminate pain. To find out more, contact Dr. Auger today to schedule your consultation and to get fitted with orthotic devices.
The most common problems caused by shoes occur because the shoes are too narrow. This can cause bunions, hammertoes, neuromas and more. Issues can also arise due to shoes that don’t provide adequate support, which can cause arch pain, heel pain, and tendonitis.
Shoes can also cause abnormal pressure on feet in specific areas, leading to callouses and corns. For people with diabetes and/or neuropathy, ulceration is also a major risk from the wrong shoes. Dr. Auger encourages this population to invest in the appropriate footwear to prevent such disorders that can lead to loss of a limb.
The Walk Shoppe has highly trained employees who can measure your feet and help you select appropriate shoes that protect and promote good foot health. They offer a wide selection of both men’s and women’s dress shoes, work shoes and casual shoes. Coupons are available in our office.
Even with the right shoes, you may need orthotics to provide additional support. Dr. Auger can help can help you to begin using essential orthotic devices.
Dr. Auger can make orthotics specific to the patient’s needs, whether a patient is looking for orthotics for everyday shoes, dress shoes, running shoes, athletic shoes, ski boots or other footwear. Every device is custom and is designed to promote foot health over the long-term. The average life of custom orthotics is five years, but the benefits of proper foot care with orthotics can last you for a lifetime.
The cost of our custom orthotics is $350. A $100 deposit is required at the time we capture the molds of your feet. We will submit a claim to your insurance company and if your insurance company pays the full $350, we will reimburse your $100 deposit. Otherwise, you will be responsible for the remaining cost up to $350.
We also offer prefabricated orthotics that have a life of one to two years. Their cost is $55. They have become very popular with our patients because of their low cost, and they can be cost effective when purchasing orthotics for multiple pairs of shoes.
For those who prefer to purchase a device on their own, we are fond of the selection, knowledge, and help offered by Wasatch Running Center, and New Balance on Union Park Ave. These retailers also offer shoes specific to your running, walking, hiking and cross-training needs. We highly recommend you visit these two stores.
For those on Medicare, you may be eligible for a pair of shoes and for up to three pairs of inserts each calendar year. Shoes and inserts made specifically for this purpose can be purchased at The Walk Shoppe (an appointment is recommended), Foot Solutions and The Diabetic Specialty Center. A prescription from Dr. Auger is required to receive this benefit.
Dr. Auger provides help with shoe selection and orthotic devices for patients in three convenient locations in Salt Lake City, West Jordan, and Sandy, Utah.
Give us a call today to find out how we can assist you in choosing the footwear and devices that can help to promote good foot health.