Most people will experience some degree of foot and ankle pain at some point. Occasional pain and stiffness from uncomfortable shoes or physical exertion can be normal. But when pain becomes chronic and persists over time and begins to interfere with regular activities and movement, it can be a sign of an injury or orthopedic problem. In some cases, the natural design of the feet can contribute to alignment problems that put excessive pressure on the heels, ankles, or joints, resulting in inflammation and pain.
Custom Orthotics in New York City, NY
Supportive shoe inserts like custom orthotics are designed to provide adequate arch support and alignment for people with podiatric issues like flat feet (low arches) and pronation problems. There are a number of conditions that can benefit from the use of orthotic devices, with symptoms ranging from mild pain and discomfort, to serious problems with mobility.
Some of the conditions for which orthotics are often prescribed include:
- Ankle instability
- Neuromuscular atrophy/weakness
- Tendonitis (heel/ankle)
- Chronic heel or ankle pain
- Arch problems/pain
Everyone is susceptible to foot and ankle strain and injuries, but athletes and highly active individuals can be at a higher risk of soft tissue or joint injuries that can lead to chronic pain and inflammation. Wearing appropriate footwear with an adequate level of support helps to protect the feet and ankles from excessive pressure and strain. Orthotics can help to provide an extra level of support for people who are already predisposed to orthopedic injuries due to genetics, activity levels and sports, or a previous injury.
Find a Podiatrist in New York City, NY
For more information about custom orthotics and foot and ankle pain and injury treatment, contact the office of Dr. Kenneth Meisler by calling (212) 628-4444 to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist in the New York, NY, area today.