The Foot and Ankle Center of Issaquah

Are Your Feet Killing You? Perhaps it’s Those Cheap insoles

April 26, 2022

The insoles that come with many pairs of sneakers, shoes, boots or other footwear aren’t much more than factory inserted materials like foam that are fairly generic. They may be provided for comfort and to improve fit but aren’t pretending to be a custom design for the shape of a particular person’s feet. And while these may be fine for many people, for others they may be causing more harm than good.

The doctor of podiatric medicine at Kirkland Office is a specialist in the complex mechanics that go into a person’s gait, and the effects that footwear can have on not only the feet, but the knees, hips, and lower back. Walking, running, and standing on your feet with footwear that doesn’t take the particular shape of your feet can be uncomfortable at best and painful at worst. Using trial and error for over-the-counter arch supports and inserts can be frustrating and expensive. A thorough examination by our podiatrist can put an end to your discomfort and the guessing game about what to try next. A hands-on assessment and careful observation of how each patient walks, their lifestyle, and the type of footwear they require are all key aspects of determining the best course of action.

Our podiatrist may recommend an orthotic for your shoe — a custom-made medical device prescribed by our foot and ankle specialist that supports and aligns the foot, increases the quality of its function and addresses a range of medical conditions that may be causing your pain. The orthotic is made using a mold to produce a one-of-a-kind device that’s just for you. Some wearers find they take a bit of getting used to, but wouldn’t live without them.

We spend far too much time on our feet to be in pain. Let the podiatrist at Kirkland Office provide relief and comfort. Please contact us for an appointment.