Heel & Arch Pain Orthotics in Chicago
It isn’t normal to experience constant pain or discomfort while walking. If you feel a tinge of discomfort with every step, your foot or leg may be abnormally shaped. You don’t have to live with that discomfort—if you enlist the help of a Chicago podiatrist, you can once again enjoy pain-free steps. The foot pain specialists at Advanced Foot Care Center have ample experience prescribing orthotics for patients in the Chicago area.
Dr. Dean Dirico and his team will assess your gait with the Footmaxx Metascan system to provide individually designed, custom Footmaxx orthotics to help you walk the walk and take a “Step Towards Comfort!”
Our FootMaxx dynamic software scans the foot 60 times per second tracking 8 key points along the bottom surface of the foot. Our dynamic display captures the pressure of both feet while walking. It allows us to see what we can’t see with x-rays or through visual observation. The pressure that your foot exerts on the pad is measured by the computer and turned into a picture of the foot. Only this is not one picture but 60 that we can play like a movie, following key markers that tell us what your foot is truly doing.
Common Types of Orthotics
Orthotics are special devices that can help correct irregular walking patterns. Most orthotics are made of a hard plastic or composite material and are designed to fit in or on the patient’s shoe. Here are a few examples of orthotics and how they provide relief.
- Arch Support: People with delicate arches often need additional support from their footwear. A custom-made orthotic device can provide ample support and eliminate cramping.
- Heel Orthotics: Many people have one leg that is longer the other, which can lead to significant discomfort while walking. A cleverly designed heel lift can help even out any discrepancy in length. A heel orthotic can also help adjust the angle of an individual’s step and reduce discomfort.
- Ankle-Foot Orthotics: Orthotics are also great for regulating ankle movement. An ankle-foot orthotic usually extends from the bottom of the foot to the lower calf, providing greater ankle stability.
- FootMaxx: A high-tech, proven & revolutionary diagnostics solution that provides an efficient & supremely accurate assessment of patient pain points for relief & discomfort of the neck, upper & lower back, hip, knees, shins, ankles and, of course, those tired aching feet.
Reasons to Consider Orthotics
Orthotics are great for treating a wide range of irregularities, including fallen arches, Achilles tendon pain, and even knee pain. Here are just a few reasons why millions of people wear orthotics.
- Absorb Shock: Some people have heavy steps that can cause severe discomfort over time. An orthotic device can absorb some of the shock, preventing joint problems from occurring.
- Improve Balance: An unbalanced gait can increase one’s likelihood of falling, which can lead to a wide range of injuries. The right orthotic device can provide greater balance and ease discomfort.
- Reduce Pain: An act as simple as walking should not be painful. An experienced Chicago podiatrist can prescribe an orthotic device that corrects the abnormal positioning of your foot and ankle and reduces or eliminates pain. An orthotic device is always preferable to foot surgery.
The podiatrists at Advanced FootCare Center are proud to provide patients with well-made orthotics in Chicago, IL. If you’ve had any troubles with your feet or ankles, don’t hesitate to set up an appointment. You can call our Chicago office at 773-472-1882 if you have any questions about heel and arch pain.
The Footmaxx Dynamic Software
Footmaxx custom foot orthotics can be made from the digitized data translated through the Metascan system. The custom labs manufacture orthotics from the actual digital scan of your feet that were made from your walking scan.
The FootMaxx software analyzes the frame-by-frame distribution of foot pressures throughout each individual foot. Through the use of the computer scan, we determine the configuration of the orthotic modules. The overall aim of the orthotic therapy is to normalize the biomechanical patterns of the feet. So we make an orthotic for your foot in motion, to control your foot in motion.