After a long day on your feet, how do your heels and arches feel? If they ache, swell, sting, stab, or burn, you’re not alone. Foot pain, especially in the heels and arches, is exceedingly common, and unfortunately keeps millions of Americans from being truly able to enjoy their work, hobbies, and daily activities.
But it shouldn’t be this way! Our bodies are meant to be upright and active for most of the day. So why do so many people struggle with constant heel and arch pain?
A lot of the time, the answer is “biomechanics.” In the best-case scenario, your feet will perfectly distribute the weight of each step evenly, so nothing gets to overstressed. But most people don’t have “perfect” feet, and walking all day on hard floors and pavement (a relatively recent innovation when you consider how long humans have been around) leads to painful wear and tear. In this scenario, custom orthotics are often the best way to achieve lasting pain relief.
Custom orthotics are special devices you wear in your shoes. Unlike flimsy insoles you can buy at the corner drugstore, custom orthotics are individually fashioned from molds or scans of your feet, so you get a perfect fit made just for you. They can be made in a variety of shapes and from many different materials, too, so that you get exactly what you need—more arch support, more cushioning, better stability for the heel or ankle, etc.
In other words, if your heels and arches aren’t working as well as they should, the orthotics provide the extra assistance they need to be effective again. You can make a direct comparison with eyeglasses here: just as glasses provide the extra help that your cornea and lenses need to see clearly, orthotics provide the extra help your heels and arches need to keep you active without pain.
At our podiatry office in Garfield Ridge, Chicago, we are passionate about eliminating your pain and getting you back on the move, so you can do what you need (and want!) to do. From custom orthotics to physical therapy to surgery, we provide a comprehensive set of treatment options to meet your needs, so you can feel confident and comfortable. To schedule an appointment with us, please complete our handy online contact form, or call (773) 586-0050. Best times to call are Monday 10:45 to 4:45, or Tuesday and Thursday 10:45 to 1:15 and 4:30 to 7.