Does Orthotics Help with Your Heel Pain

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One of the great advertising campaigns of all-time is “the lonely Maytag repairman.” First introduced in 1967, “Ol’ Lonely” was a character used to demonstrate the reliability and quality of Maytag appliances. If you’re unfamiliar with this ad campaign, the basic message was that their products were so good, the repairman never had anything to do. In a way, your go-to foot doc is a bit like the Maytag repairman when you use orthotics to help your heel pain!

When the issues that cause heel pain are left untreated for 30 years, there is a 40-50% chance surgery will be needed to correct the problem. If we can get you set up with a pair of orthotics now, however, that risk drops to a 5% chance of surgery.

Improving Your Foot Health with Custom Orthotics

Custom orthotic devices, like those from Sole Support labs are some of the best tools we have to help you overcome heel pain and other foot and ankle conditions as well. For very aggressive mechanical problems we use an orthotic that goes above the ankle by SOLO Laboratories called a Ritchie Brace. These devices are customized shoe inserts or braces prepared to work with your unique feet and address a mechanical issue you are experiencing. They are different than the inserts you can buy over-the-counter at stores and nationwide pharmacy chains. Those inserts may be able to provide some conditioning or arch support, but they are not intended to treat more than a minor problem.

People ask Dr. Sherman Nagler, Houston’ s Foot Doc what orthotics do to help heel pain is reposition the foot and restrict abnormal biomechanical motion. Our patients are quite familiar with the idea we can either “change the foot or change the environment around the foot.” Changing the foot means surgery to correct a problem.

Now, when external methods—like orthotic or Ritchie Braces—are used to control a problem, it doesn’t actually make the root cause go away. The symptoms will be addressed, but just like taking off a pair of eyeglasses, they will come back if you stop using them. The exception to the rule is when a pair of orthotics is used on a developing foot (ages 1-12), they can actually make permanent changes in the bone structure.

At Nagler Foot Center we pride ourselves on helping each and every patient become a happier, healthier person. Even if you love your job, the average person spends 40 hours per week working from ages 20-65, which adds up to more than 10 years. Don’t just sit around at work. Use your time wisely and dedicate a few minutes here and there to stand up, move around, stretch and exercise. Call Houston’s Foot Doc Sherman Nagler for a consultation at 713.529.1010