By Joseph M. LaCava, DPM
May 27, 2015
Category: Orthotics
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Which orthotics are better?As is the case for most locations, there are various dining options here in Hot Springs, AR. If you are in the mood for a delicious filet that is grilled to your specification over an open-flame grill, then Brick House Grill might be in your near future. Of course, if you simply want to quiet a rumbling stomach quickly, you can always head to McDonald’s and eat whatever they microwave for you. This is very similar to the differences you encounter when looking at professional functional or custom orthotics versus inserts you can buy at any chain store or nationwide pharmacy.

Orthotic devices or inserts   are not all equal! You essentially have a few general choices – pick up a pair of cushions at the local Walmart, spend a lot of money in the New Balance or Happy Feet stores for “customs” from people who cannot legally diagnose or treat foot conditions or have Central Arkansas Foot Care provide a quality pair of professional functional orthotics or if needed in situations of significant foot deformity craft custom molded orthoses for you. Each has its respective place in the grand scheme of things.

If you are a runner or someone who stands on your feet all day for work, you will benefit from a pair of orthotics that not only add cushioning but support the 28 bones in your feet to reduce the fatigue or pain felt every day.  Feet face a tremendous amount of pressure throughout the day—the average person places 7 tons of force on his or her feet during the course of over 10,000 steps in a typical 24-hour period—and the extra cushioning and support can help prevent injury or conditions from arising. Many non -structurally induced knee, hip and or back pain can also be reduced or eliminated by proper orthotics or inserts.

When you come into our office for conservative treatment of certain medical conditions, we may prescribe a pair of inserts (orthotics) to help. Examples of conditions that can be treated or assisted with the use of orthoses include flat foot, cavus foot, neuromas, plantar fasciitis, heel pain, arch pain, arthritic pain, tendonitis and bursitis. The specific type of orthotic device we prescribe for you will depend on your foot structure and the condition we are treating.

If you are seeking additional cushioning or arch support that is not intended to treat a medical condition, the professional functional pair of inserts (orthotics) that we dispense at the office will be beneficial and money saving. Or should you require something more substantial, come visit Central Arkansas Foot Care and we will if needed create custom orthotics specifically for your feet. Our professionals will measure your unique feet and provide a gait analysis to create a five-star pair of devices just for you. Stop wasting your time and money with inferior products for chain stores or pharmacies!

Schedule your appointment with either of our two locations via our online form, or call us at (501) 321-4844 for our Hot Springs, AR office, (870) 245-3003 for our Arkadelphia office.

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