Custom Foot Orthotics Can Alleviate Foot Pain and Change Your Life

Approximately  8 out of every 10 Americans say they have foot pain, and often that foot pain causes you to hurt and ache in other parts of your body. If you’re one of the millions suffering from foot pain, it might be time to try custom orthotics. 

Dr. Michael A. Gentile at Portland Foot & Ankle Institute specializes in podiatry and can craft a pair of custom orthotics that will relieve your foot pain. 

Overview of foot pain

Your foot is made up of many bones, joints, and ligaments all working together to support your movement and help you stand. Since there are so many moving parts in your foot, there is a very high risk of injury or damage. 

You experience foot pain anytime your foot becomes inflamed. This can occur as a result of an injury or overuse. Conditions like arthritis are another common cause of foot pain. Other causes of foot pain include plantar fasciitis and issues with  your arches. The best way to solve certain foot problems is to invest in a pair of custom foot orthotics

How orthotics work 

Custom foot orthotics are personalized devices you put in your shoe to help relieve pain. It’s very important to know the difference between an insert you can buy in the store and custom orthotics. Store-bought inserts might provide extra cushion, but they don’t conform to the specific anatomy of your foot or support the areas you need it most. 

Custom orthotics are great for correcting alignment issues, improving function, supporting your joints, and reducing pain. Here’s how orthotics work:


When your foot is out of alignment, you experience pain. You might be wearing the wrong shoes or have an issue with your anatomy like an ankle that rolls slightly inward or outward. Orthotics, especially custom orthotics created to your exact specifications, work to put your foot in a better position and relieve pain. 


Orthotics mainly support the muscles in your feet. Often, your foot pain is due to your muscles not working properly. Orthotics give your muscles the support they need to do their jobs correctly and cause you less pain. 


Orthotics cushion specific areas of your foot, for instance, adding targeted comfort to the balls or heel of your feet. The orthotics fit you perfectly and cradle your feet, giving you relief from pain. 

No two people have the same foot pain nor the same orthotic. Depending on your specific needs, Dr. Gentile prescribes a certain type of orthotic.You might need a rigid orthotic made from carbon fiber or plastic or one that is more flexible and meant to cushion. 

Sometimes you need an orthotic that fits the length of your shoe, or if your pain is located more toward your heel, you’ll need a smaller heel insert. There are also orthotics that extend upward to support the ankle joint. Dr. Gentile can also prescribe additional supports like braces or kinesiology tape. 

Foot pain can affect your whole body. A custom pair of foot orthotics can eliminate the frustrating and often debilitating side effects of foot pain. When you’re ready to see how good customized pain treatment can be, call our office or schedule an appointment online today.

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