8 Ways Orthotic Inserts Can Help Your Feet


Orthotic shoe inserts are one of the greatest tools at a podiatrist’s disposal. Custom orthotics can improve the foot health of people of all ages, shapes, and sizes. We recommend them to patients with myriad foot conditions here at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Center. Here’s a summary of the things orthotics can do:

  1. Take the pressure off. The pressure on your feet can build up in particular spots if, for example, you’re on your feet a lot or you work on hard surfaces. Soft orthotics can provide comfort and cushioning exactly where you need it.

  2. Realign your joints. Orthotics can reposition misaligned joints that may be causing you pain.

  3. Add arch support. If you’ve got naturally low arches (flat feet) or if your arches have fallen over the years, orthotic inserts can provide much-needed lift and comfort.

  4. Help you recover from surgery - or avoid surgery altogether.

  5. Take away the pain of heel spurs, bunions, shin splints, tendinitis, and arthritis.

  6. Improve your knee, hip, or back pain. Pain in these places may be originating in your feet and in the way you walk. Since orthotics can change the alignment of your foot and ankle bones, these changes work their way up your body and can improve pain you’re experiencing higher up in the body.

  7. Treat diabetic foot ulcers by reducing or eliminating pressure points.

  8. Improve your sports performance. Our podiatrists are athletes, too, so we’re particularly tuned-in to the needs of our athletic patients. We’ll show you how orthotics can help improve your comfort, speed, and endurance.

If you’re wondering if orthotics are right for you, make an appointment with one of our board-certified podiatrists Dr. Samantha Boyd, Dr. Hal Ornstein, Dr. Dan Phan, and Dr. Joseph Saka for a full foot evaluation. We’re in Monmouth County with two modern offices in the towns of Howell and Jackson, New Jersey. Call us at (732) 905-1110 or visit us online.