Not All Orthotics Are Equal

Are you new to running in the Austin, TX community? If so, you may want to check out the Austin Runners Club (ARC) for tips or camaraderie as you undertake this healthy activity. ARC is committed to educating the public on the benefits of an active lifestyle, and we are sure there are runners in the group who know a thing or two about orthotics. Let’s take a look at this topic so you can know more about it, too.


It is a common misconception that all types of orthotic devices do the same thing. Some people might think that orthotics are only for providing arch support or perhaps extra cushioning. Well, they aren’t entirely wrong in those regards, but there is certainly more to orthotic devices than just those areas.


People may get confused about the function of orthotics on account of the shoe inserts that can be found at the store. Store-bought inserts can be used to increase cushioning and provide additional arch support to that which is already offered by your shoes. A key distinction between those mass-produced products and custom orthotics, though, is that over-the-counter shoe inserts are not intended to treat medical conditions.


Here at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists, we prepare custom orthotics for our patients. Some of these pairs are intended to provide a specific degree of arch support for individuals who perhaps have flat feet. More than that, we also create orthotic devices that are used in treating such conditions as bunions, cavus foot, hammertoe, metatarsalgia, Morton’s neuroma, and plantar fasciitis. Additionally, a set of orthotics might be used as part of diabetic foot care. These are all medical conditions that store-bought inserts are not intended to treat.


When you have a foot or ankle issue that could benefit from a pair of orthotic devices, we will carefully measure your feet and analyze your gait pattern to craft ones that work especially for you. This level of customization is something that you will not find over-the-counter. Contact our Austin, TX office whenever you have the need of expert podiatric care and we will provide the effective treatment you need. Schedule your appointment online or give us a call at (512) 328-8900 today.

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
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Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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