Feet are remarkable pieces of engineering that, if treated right, will provide you with years of loyal, unwavering service. There are many things you can do to keep your feet healthy; treating your feet to proper footwear is one of them. Prescription shoes play a key role in preventing and treating foot pain.
Always remember that pain is a problem. When you experience discomfort, your body is telling you that something is wrong. Wearing the proper footwear is crucial to caring for your feet. Let the board certified podiatrists’ of Aadvanced Foot Care Associates assist you in finding your perfect pair.
Who Needs Orthopedic Shoes?
Anyone can be prescribed footwear, though individuals with diabetes are the most likely to need them. It’s essential to purchase shoes that support and stabilize deformities of the foot. Ailments, such as Charcot Foot and hammertoes, must be stabilized to prevent further pain and damage. Wearing prescribed footwear helps to control and reduce the risk of additional abnormalities.
Shoes that limit the amount of movement a joint can make will help to reduce irritation and inflammation. Relieving pain through custom footwear will result in a foot that is both stable and functional.
Many foot conditions cause excessive pressure on the skin that lead to the development of ulcers. Variations of custom shoes will reduce the amount of unnecessary pressure, as well as decrease shock and create less impact on the joints.
What are Prescription Orthotics?
Custom shoe inserts, called orthotics, are specially made to support and aide a single individual’s foot. Every foot is unique, so prescription shoes are crafted to match the features of your feet and treat your distinctive problems.
In order for a podiatrist to accommodate your unique foot structure, evaluations are conducted. These devices are prescribed to treat many problems including: diabetic foot ulcers, Charcot foot, and heel pain. Check out our patient library to learn more.
What Types Are Available?
There are several different types of prescription footwear:
Custom-made Shoes– when a shoe is casted or molded to an individual’s foot, it is considered custom. This type of footwear is used in cases of deformity. Many patients with diabetes find them very helpful.
Healing Shoes- are typically prescribed immediately after surgery or ulcer treatment. During the healing process, your feet are especially vulnerable. Before normal shoes can be worn again, your doctor may prescribe custom sandals with open toes, heat-moldable healing shoes with closed toes, or post-operative shoes.
In-depth Shoes- are the basis for most footwear prescriptions. This type of shoe looks similar to that of athletic shoes but has an additional 1/4 to 1/2 inch of depth throughout. The extra room available in this shoe allows for custom inserts to be worn and reduces friction caused by a foot abnormality. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit your unique condition.
Whatever your reason for prescription footwear, Drs. Hal Abrahamson and Daniel Orozco are happy to assist. With three offices located in New York, you’re sure to be in good hands. Visit our appointment request page, or call one of our locations today! We will assess your overall health and determine the cause of your foot pain.