By Joseph M. LaCava, DPM
May 26, 2015
Category: Orthotics
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Bare Feet and OrthoticsIf you are new to running, or thinking about taking it up, then you should check out the Spa Pacers Running Club. This Hot Springs, AR group is dedicated to promoting health and fitness by creating a connected community of local runners. No matter how much (or how little!) experience you have, you can find support and help with the Spa Pacers. Undoubtedly, some members will tell you the big difference that orthotics can make when you develop foot, ankle, or knee issues.

The term typically refers to the medical devices created by professionals like you find here at Central Arkansas Foot Care. Some people use the term interchangeably with the inserts that you can find in retail stores and nationwide pharmacies, but they are not the same. The key distinction lies in the fact that the ones you buy over-the-counter are not intended to cure a medical condition. That said, they may offer some benefit for runners.

Store-bought inserts can provide extra cushioning and enhance the arch support that is already provided by your running shoes. If you are using shoe inserts exclusively for these purposes, there is nothing wrong with doing so. However, those who have abnormal arches, either high or low, and need treatment for the condition should consider having our office provide a pair of custom orthotics instead.

When we create a pair of custom inserts for you, we measure your feet and analyze your gait so you receive a device that works for your unique feet and in accordance with your individual walking or running style. The over-the-counter inserts simply cannot offer the same level of personal customization to really help with any issue you may be experiencing when you run.

In addition to being used for runners, these inserts are also used as part of treatment for a wide range of foot and ankle issues. They can be helpful in alleviating painful conditions like bunions, Achilles tendinitis, neuromas, and plantar fasciitis.

If you’d like to experience the positive difference that custom orthotics can make for you, contact Central Arkansas Foot Care today. We will create a pair that fits your unique feet and targets whatever specific condition is affecting you. Call our Hot Springs, AR office at (501) 321-4844 or use our online form to schedule your appointment with us at either of our two locations.