Not everybody has perfect feet. It’s pretty rare to find feet whose muscles, tendons, bones, and ligaments always move perfectly well together. Many people are born with a biomechanical imbalance in their lower limbs. That is, something doesn’t line up quite right when they walk or run. Imperfect anatomy can also result in high arches, low or no arches, or ankles that tend to fall inward with every step.

If you’re lucky, issues like flat feet and overpronation won’t give you problems. More likely, especially for athletes, other active individuals, and senior citizens, these types of mechanical imbalances will eventually cause foot, ankle, or lower leg pain.

Enter custom orthotics

Our board-certified podiatrist, Kenneth R. Wilhelm, DPM, prescribes orthotics, or shoe inserts, to treat structural misalignments. They relieve the pressure that causes plantar fasciitis, bursitis, arthritis, tendonitis, toe deformities, and many other kinds of foot and ankle problems. Some prescription orthotics are firm; some are soft. They may match the length of your foot or cover only part of your shoe’s insole. But one thing is true of all custom orthotics: they are as unique as your foot.

Custom vs. over-the-counter

The orthotics you get from Clifton Foot & Ankle Center are custom-made for your feet using precise computer technology to capture your unique foot structure. This custom approach is very different from what you can find online or buy at your local drug store:

  • Off-the-shelf orthotics won’t be a perfect fit
  • They may not last as long
  • And they may be attempting to fix the wrong problem.

If you’ve got foot pain, find out if custom orthotic inserts can help. Get the perfect fit by contacting our Fairfax County podiatry office. Make an appointment online or call (703) 996-3000 to see Dr. Wilhelm at our office in Centreville, Virginia.

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