What to Do When Custom Orthotics Aren’t Helping Your Foot Pain

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Nov 10, 2015 5:09:07 PM

custom_orthotics_and_feetCan you imagine life without your shoe inserts? Walking, running, exercising, and even standing, would suddenly become painful again. You may have successfully used over-the-counter or custom orthotics for years to manage your foot pain, but the truth is they are only a temporary fix.

Despite the fact that they only work when you’re wearing shoes and the high costs to replace them when they wear down, orthotics also only manage your pain. Eventually, they may not help you at all. Before that happens, you should know about a long-term solution called HyProCure® that actually corrects the problem causing you to wear orthotics in the first place.

The Purpose of Custom Orthotics

Podiatrists have been using orthotics for years as a pain management tool to correct an abnormal or irregular walking pattern caused by the foot not bearing weight properly.

Feet that point inward or outward can cause severe and painful gait issues. Orthotics help correct the gait and reduce the pain by absorbing shock, stabilizing the foot, taking pressure off sore spots, or adding extra support and protection.

However, they don’t get to the underlying problem – aligning your feet. If orthotics aren’t managing your foot pain any longer, then consider a procedure called HyProCure®.

The Root Cause of Your Painful Problem

The root cause of many common foot problems – including an abnormal or irregular walking pattern – is foot misalignment. Many people don’t even realize they have this problem, but once corrected it can make a remarkable difference.

When the ankle bone slips off the heel bone it causes an excessive inward rotation of the ankle, called over-pronation. Not only can this cause pain in your feet, but also pain in other areas of your body, such as your knees, hips, back, and neck.

HyProCure® corrects foot misalignment by placing a small titanium stent into the naturally occurring space between the ankle bone and heel bone, stabilizing the ankle, and correcting the excessive inward rotation. It uses a minimally invasive technique by making a very small incision so there is little to no scarring as you heal.

Other benefits include that the procedure is performed in an outpatient setting, so there’s no hospital stay. Patients are typically under twilight sleep or local sedation and experience no pain during the procedure. The device rarely needs to be removed because the threading around the stent allows soft tissue within the space to adhere to the device naturally.

After the procedure, you’ll leave the office in a walking boot and be walking in your own shoes within 3 to 5 days, will little to no post-op pain.

The Next Step to Help Your Foot Pain

Don’t you think a simple procedure sounds better than wearing custom orthotics for years to come? There aren’t any known disadvantages to having the HyProCure® procedure, however, it’s important to note that there are times when it’s not recommended for people – such as an elderly person or someone with circulatory issues – in which case custom orthotics may be a good alternative.

Contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare to find out if you’re a candidate for HyProCure®.

Adler Footcare is classified as a Center of Excellence for HyProCure® implantation by the Graham International Implant Institute because of the safety, expertise and experience offered to patients. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.

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Topics: Custom Orthotics, foot pain, HyProCure