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Custom Orthotics for Pregnancy

Tuesday, 07 November 2023 00:00

During pregnancy, a woman's body experiences significant biochemical and musculoskeletal changes. As the baby grows, this alters her posture, placing increased pressure on her feet. Customized orthotics, which are specialized medical devices, become invaluable during this time. They help alleviate foot strain, ensuring alignment and balance which positively affect the spine, knees, hips, and neck. As the body morphs, orthotics can play a role in pain mitigation and maintaining postural adjustments. Custom-made orthotics can be tailored for different pregnancy stages, such as arch support in the second trimester, balance support in the third, and post-birth stabilization. An added advantage is their flexibility to be used with various footwear, making them a convenient choice for expecting mothers. If you are pregnant, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to see if custom-made orthotics can help you.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Dr. Arnold Tarpley, Jr. from Tarpley Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Tarpley can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact one of our offices located in Uniontown, and Connellsville, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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