When Do You Need Foot Orthotics?


For many people, correcting foot problems doesn’t require surgery or artificial limbs. There is a variety of foot problems that can be resolved with the simple use of orthotics. It can however be difficult to decide whether this is the right course of action based on your condition. There are a few instances where you might actually benefit from orthotics.

Supinated Feet

Supinated feet simply mean that you are walking with the edges or the outsides of your feet. This condition can be difficult to see but there are a few clues that could help you make a diagnosis. If your shoes typically wear out on the sole’s outside, it is likely you have this condition. You can also tell by watching or rather feeling how you walk. If you feel the most pressure on the outside of your foot, you may have supinated feet. A shoe heel that leans towards the outside and deforms quickly is another sign to look out for.

Pronated Feet

Pronated feet are the most typical structural foot problem and can easily be resolved with custom orthotics. It is very similar to a flat foot except that in this case, the foot does have an arch. It is simply that the arch disappears once you put your weight on it. This foot problem occurs for a variety of reasons including unstable heel or the foot rolling on the inside.

Pronated feet are a cause for concern because the condition also deforms the ankle, hip, knee, pelvis and back. To diagnose the issue, inspect the bottom of the foot to see if there is an arch. Next, place the foot on the floor and transfer your full weight on it. If the arch disappears considerably or completely, you might have pronated feet.

Flat Feet

This is also a very common condition that quite literally means the bottom of your feet is flat. If you do not see an arch on your foot, you could benefit from foot orthotics.

High Arch

Unlike the flat foot, a high arch simply means that the middle of the foot does not touch the ground. To diagnose the problem, walk on a surface that leaves foot prints such as sand, snow or dry floor with wet feet. If you cannot see your entire foot print but just the top and bottom, you may have a high arch. Again, the problem can be remedied with custom orthotics.


Foot problems often affect other areas including the knee, back, spine and neck. An orthotics specialist can help you pick out the best option for your condition. Sometimes foot problems don’t need complicated robotic prosthetics and surgery. All you need is good orthotics and the issue disappears.

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MedEast Post-Op & Surgical, Inc


3001 Irwin Rd, Suite E

Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054

NJ Phone: 856-829-2030

NJ Fax: 856-829-2070

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