Have you been contemplating the purchase of over-the-counter shoe inserts? If so, stop a moment and compare your feet with that of a loved one. There is a 99.9% likelihood that beyond having 10 digits, your feet will vary greatly from one another. That is not only perfectly normal; it’s the chief reason why you shouldn’t act on your original intentions. Instead, you should contact our St.Louis podiatry office and choose custom foot orthotics. Here’s a quick peek at the top advantage you’ll gain by doing so:
As we progress through life, our age and health have a significant impact on our feet. For example, it is not uncommon for the padding on our feet to thin or harden into calluses. We may also develop plantar fasciitis or lose range of motion in our joints. Sometimes, those changes may even indicate the existence of a health problem that we may have not been previously aware of. A good example of this is claw toe, which is sometimes caused by uncontrolled diabetes.
By visiting your St. Louis podiatrists and having a custom foot orthotics fitting, you’ll have an opportunity to learn what your feet reveal about your health. Furthermore, your St. Louis foot doctor may be able to work with your primary care physician to address any health problems that show up during your podiatry visit. Take our previous example of diabetes related claw toe for instance.
Dr. Lindsay Barth can create a custom foot orthotic to prevent exasperation of the condition as well as periodically monitor your feet for signs of diabetic neuropathy. They can then share their findings with your primary care physician. Your physician could then use the podiatrist’s findings to change your diet, medications and testing schedule. You obviously wouldn’t get that type of comprehensive care by merely buying shoe inserts at the local drug store.
Understandably, there are many other advantages to be gained by obtaining custom foot orthotics. To learn more about those advantages, please contact your local St. Louis podiatrists today and arrange for an initial consultation.