For many people, orthotics make all the difference in preventing and alleviating pain due to overuse or abnormal gait. If you live in the Inwood-Washington Heights and Rockland County, area, of New York, consult podiatrists Dr. Elizabeth Youngewirth and Dr. Irina Blustein of Elizabeth Youngewirth, DPM PLLC to find out how custom orthotics can resolve your foot pain. Call the office or use the online booking agent to make an appointment and relieve pain associated with your feet today.
Orthotics are molded inserts you put inside your shoes to balance your foot in a neutral position. They also cushion against repetitive pounding.
At Elizabeth Youngewirth, DPM PLLC, the doctors use a high-tech computer to perform a gait analysis and develop an orthotic that’s perfect for your needs.
Custom orthotics can help a variety of foot issues. Patients with diabetes or a discrepancy in leg length certainly benefit from orthotics. Other foot issues that orthotics may address include:
The support from the orthotics help your foot function at its optimal level, so you’re less prone to ankle or foot injury, knee pain, hip pain, or back pain. Your feet are at the base of your kinetic chain, so correcting dysfunction there can affect how the rest of your body functions.
Over-the-counter orthotics are designed for the “average” foot, but your foot isn’t average. A one-size-fits-all solution for foot pain just doesn’t exist.
Custom orthotics are designed to address your specific needs. They cradle your heel, support your arch, and rotate your foot to improve your running, walking, and balance.
Plus, custom orthotics are designed from high-quality, durable materials that last for years, rather than months, like the generic varieties.
The gait scan uses pressure plates to capture an image of the bottom surface of your foot for accurate diagnosis. It can evaluate areas of pressure when your foot is in a weight-bearing position.
The scan measures the size of your foot, the length of specific tissues — including your toes and the plantar tendon — and your arch position and location.
Orthotics are made to slip into your shoes: dress shoes, casual shoes, and sneakers.
You should wear them as often as possible. To get there, it's a good idea to ease into them by wearing them just an hour per day, and then gradually increase the duration over several weeks as your body adjusts to them.
To find perfect, custom-fit orthotics, call or click to schedule an appointment at Elizabeth Youngewirth, DPM PLLC.