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We know how useful orthotic inserts are for the feet; however, they are incredibly beneficial for the proper functioning of your knees, hips, and back as well. 

Custom orthotic inserts provide extra support to the problematic areas, such as the heels or the arches.
Through the use of added padding or cushioning, the pressure is redistributed. This not only corrects your gait but properly adjusts your entire body posture.

How do custom orthotics help?

  • Arch support: With the right amount of support for your arches, your feet will be saved from excessive pressure and will be able to function correctly. The improved foot function and alignment improves knee and back function as well.
  • Padding: Soft cushioning provided by orthotic shoe inserts prevents wounds and painful blisters caused by friction.
  • Stability and balance: The risk of falls and resultant injuries like sprains and fractures can be drastically reduced through the use of orthotic inserts. Orthotic ankle support also improves the alignment of your knees, hips, and back, thereby reducing pain and discomfort.
  • Prevent surgery: Joint or bone deformities like bunions, hammertoes, and the like, if identified at an early stage, can be corrected by orthotic insert devices. Severe or critical cases may still require surgical procedures for posture correction. Consult your podiatrist so that the right diagnosis and treatment can be followed.

Customized orthotic inserts are more beneficial and effective as they match your footprint and address the specific issues that your feet are encountering.

If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your feet, you should see a podiatrist right away. At Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, all our professionals maintain the highest levels of accreditation and stay abreast of the latest trends in podiatry. We use advanced technologies to diagnose and treat a wide variety of foot and ankle problems such as sports injuries, ingrown toenails, arthritis, shin splints, bunions, flat feet, heel pain, Achilles Tendon, hammertoes, nail fungus, chronic tendon pain, and skin problems.

Contact either of our two offices in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 for any queries or concerns about any of your family member’s foot health. You can also schedule a consultation with Joseph C. Stuto, DPM, or Joseph A. Stuto, DPM, by requesting an appointment online. Visit our patient education library and blog section for more extensive information on podiatry related topics.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
May 22, 2019
Category: footwear
Tags: walking   sports   shoes   running   hiking   arch support  

Summers are associated with outdoor activities like walking, running, and hiking, to name a few. As you step out, it is important to know what kind of shoes to wear depending on the activity you choose to engage in.

Here are four things to keep in mind when selecting your footwear:

  1. The right size: Wearing the right fit shoes is crucial to protect your feet from harm. Make sure there is ample space for your toes to move inside the shoes. However, they should not be so large that your foot slips out from the back. It is suggested to try on shoes closer to day’s end (that’s when your feet have expanded to the max) along with the socks that you will be wearing at the time of the physical activity.
  2. The right shoe for the right purpose: Your shoe selection will depend greatly on the type of terrain you choose to walk on. For instance, running shoes will not be appropriate for hiking on rugged or uneven trails.
  3. Endurance: It is important to test the flexibility of your shoe type; i.e. it should bend at the balls of your feet and the sole should be soft so that it can absorb shocks better.
  4. Arch support: Your shoes should provide the maximum arch support to your feet. Your arch can be high, low or even flat. Accordingly, it is critical to buy shoes that best fit the shape of your feet so that they are not under excessive or undue stress.

While you gear up and head out, visiting your podiatrist as a precaution would be a wise decision. At Joseph Stuto, DPM, Dr. Joseph Stuto provides a range of foot care solutions and guidelines to keep your feet safe and healthy. Visit our two offices conveniently located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 for more details.