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A few years ago, I decided to take up running. I was bad at it at first, but after a few months, I got more comfortable. Unfortunately, right when I got good at running, I developed a bad pain in my left foot. At first, I decided to push past the pain, but it quickly became excruciating. I realized that it might be a good idea to talk with a doctor about my problem, and so I met with an orthopedist. He carefully watched my gait as I ran, and he decided to take some images to check out my bone health. It turned out that I had developed a stress fracture, and my doctor recommended surgery. This blog is all about ways that an orthopedist can help you, so that you can enjoy your hobbies.

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When You Need Orthotics

by Jessie Hawkins

What are orthotics, and why might you need them? These are special devices intended to help make walking and otherwise being on your feet much easier, and you can benefit in big ways by going to your orthopedist to get fitted for orthotics of your own.

Do you need orthotics? What do you do if you need them? How do you benefit from them? Will your insurance cover them? Learn more here, and then schedule a consultation with your orthopedist to see if orthotic inserts or other devices will help you. You may find out that something so simple is life-changing in very good ways.

You have flat feet

Do you have flat feet and they burn and ache when you run, jog, or do other activities? Your feet should have some kind of arch to them, but they may be flat for natural or hereditary reasons. What then, do you do? You can get orthotics, which can be custom-fitted to your feet to help you get the support you need and feel some relief. The orthotics will help build up your arch so you have more strength in your muscles and tendons and feel comfortable when you wear shoes and other footwear that have built-in arches.

You have high arches

If you have high arches, you can also have problems with your feet because your arch is too high and not properly supported by your natural feet and your footwear. While it's not uncommon to have a high arch, it's not ideal to keep one without support. Failure to support high arches can lead to burning and aching in the arch and above the feet where the tendons are, and toes can feel strained as well.

You can get orthotics placed in your shoes that are molded after the shape of your feet to help you feel great relief. Orthotics are often covered by insurance so long as they are medically necessary, and you may have coverage to have these orthotics replaced as your feet grow or change.

The best way to benefit from orthotics is to use them daily unless otherwise instructed by your orthopedist. Your orthotics will take some getting used to, but once you have gotten used to them, you can enjoy them for many years and help support your arch and other areas of your feet in large ways. Your orthopedist will help you choose orthotics that work best for your needs so you have great relief.