The Benefits of Custom Orthotics for Elderly People

What is custom orthotics?

Custom orthotics are shoe inserts that are custom-made to fit your feet. They are designed to support and align your feet and ankles, and to improve your overall gait. Custom orthotics are used to treat a variety of conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, shin splints etc. They are made from a variety of 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.

Why orthotics are important for the elderly population?

There are a number of 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, which can lead to falls. Secondly, eldery people may suffer from chronic health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. These conditions can affect the feet and ankles, which can lead to pain, swelling and inflammation. Third, the elderly population is more likely to have had injuries or surgeries that have affected their mobility. Custom orthotics can help improve mobility and reduce pain in people who have had injuries or surgeries. Custom orthotics also help to relieve pain and inflammation, and improve circulation in the feet and ankle to gain better balance and coordination, which can reduce the risk of falls.

Custom orthotics will provide

  • 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 will first need to see a medical professional who specializes in foot and ankle care. The healthcare professional will assess your foot and ankle problems and determine if custom orthotics are right for 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. At Foot Dynamics, we have onsite medical professionals who provide the 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 have tele-consulting to see if they are right for you.

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