The Benefits of Custom Orthotics for Elderly People

What is custom orthotics?

Custom orthotics are custom-made shoe inserts to fit your feet. They are designed to support and align your feet and ankles and to improve your overall gait. Custom orthotics treat various conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, shin splints, etc. They are made from various materials, including plastic, carbon fiber, and foam. Unlike over-the-counter (OTC) inserts, custom orthotics are crafted to the exact specifications of a person’s feet, providing a tailored fit and support.

An elderly couple walking down a path.

Why orthotics are important for the elderly population?

There are several reasons why orthotics are so important for the elderly population. First, the elderly population is more likely to experience age-related changes in the body, such as arthritis and osteoporosis. These changes can make it difficult to maintain balance and coordination, leading to falls. Secondly, elderly people may suffer from chronic health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. These conditions can affect the feet and ankles, leading to pain, swelling, and inflammation. Third, the elderly population is likelier to have had injuries or surgeries that have affected their mobility. Custom orthotics can help improve mobility and reduce pain in people with injuries or surgeries. Custom orthotics also help relieve pain and inflammation and improve foot and ankle circulation to gain better balance and coordination, reducing the risk of falls.

Custom orthotics will provide the following:

  • Arch Support to help distribute pressure evenly across the foot. This can alleviate strain on the plantar fascia and reduce pain.
  • Shock Absorption during activities like walking or running. This helps reduce the impact on your feet.
  • Proper Foot Alignment to reduce strain and better balancing
  • Reduction of Overpronation or Supination
  • Prevention from re-injury

To get custom orthotics, you must first see a medical professional specializing in foot and ankle care. The healthcare professional will assess your foot and ankle problems and determine if custom orthotics suit you. If custom orthotics are right for you, the healthcare professional will make a cast or scan of your feet and send it to a lab to have your orthotics made. Foot Dynamics has onsite medical professionals who provide foot assessments for FREE. We only can do that since we own the orthotic lab at the same location. Our orthotics are guaranteed for fit and performance for 90 days.

If you are considering getting custom orthotics, contact us. We offer tele-consulting to determine whether they are right for you.

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