Which Foot and Ankle Conditions May Require the Use of Orthotics

No one has perfectly shaped feet. Therefore, most people can benefit from orthotics. Orthotics are custom-made inserts or footbeds that help balance, support, and realign structures in your feet.  

While many people could benefit from orthotics, not everyone needs them. The expert podiatrists at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers in Lake Ridge and Stafford, Virginia, explain what foot and ankle conditions could benefit from custom-made orthotics. 

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are different from the foot inserts you may see at shoe and sportswear stores. Orthotics are custom made to your foot size and your specific foot or ankle issue. They can help relieve pain, provide support, reduce your risk of injury, and much more. 

At Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers, our experienced podiatrists make a mold of your feet and use that replica to create custom orthotics that address your specific imbalance and provide the needed support.

What foot and ankle conditions can orthotics help?

There are a variety of conditions that cause problems with your feet and ankles. These issues can range from mild to severe. Some of them include:


People who have rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis of the hip, knee, ankle, or foot can experience inflammation and structural issues with the foot and ankle. Orthotics can help address all these discomforts.  


Bunions are bumps that form on the side of the big toe. Regular shoes can rub against the bunion and irritate it. Orthotics can create room for the bunion, reducing friction, pain, and inflammation. 


Foot problems are common for people with diabetes. Many develop diabetic neuropathy, where they lose sensation in their feet. Orthotics can help relieve pressure on the feet to ensure that ulcers don’t form. 

Flat feet or high arches

People with flat feet or high arches can feel strain and stress as they walk without proper support. Custom orthotics can help create an arch if you have flat feet. They can also provide support for a high arch, reducing back, hip, and foot pain.

Heel spurs

People with heel spurs develop excess bone growth on the back or bottom of the heel. As you can imagine, this condition can be quite painful. Orthotics create more room and reduce inflammation and irritation. 

Wondering if orthotics can help you? Call Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers to make an appointment with one of our board-certified foot and ankle surgeons to find out.  

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