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Posts for: April, 2016

By Peter Y. Siroka, DPM
April 13, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: orthotics  

Don’t think you need to wear custom orthotics? You might be wrong!

Did you know that the average American takes over 5,000 steps in a day? That’s equivalent to about 2.5 miles. And with the popularity of orthoticsthe 10,000-step challenge, more and more people are jumping on the bandwagon to reach the 5-mile marker. So, with the wear and tear of all this activity, how can you keep your feet and body healthy and happy? Your Stamford, CT podiatrist, Dr. Peter Siroka, has the answer.

What are orthotics and how can they help?

With feet caring around the weight of your body day in a day out, it’s important that you treat them right. Custom orthotics are shoe inserts that are specially designed by your Stamford foot doctor to help support and stabilize your feet in order to keep the rest of your body in perfect alignment. When it comes to wearing orthotics, it’s not just about the health of your feet but also the health of your body.

If your body is out of alignment you’ll develop a variety of different aches and pains. It may start at your feet, but pretty soon you may notice weak ankles, knees that lean inwards, hips that ache and strained muscles in the lower back. Fortunately when you opt for orthotics, you can readjust your feet back to their proper position in order to improve issues such as balance, mobility, flexibility, stability and range of motion.

Custom orthotics can reduce pain in the feet, legs, hips and back, as well as improve athletic performance. If you also find that your legs or feet feel tired or weak after standing or walking for long periods of time, orthotics can help!

Who should consider getting orthotics?

Most people can benefit from wearing orthotics, including:

  • Those with achy feet
  • Those who are on their feet often
  • If you are experiencing hip, leg, foot or back pain
  • People who are overweight or obese
  • Those with arthritis or diabetes
  • Athletes
  • People with foot problems like flat feet, plantar fasciitis or bunions

If you fit any of these categories (or even if you don’t) it’s a good idea to see your foot doctor in Stamford, CT to see if orthotics is best for your health. Call Dr. Siroka today to book your appointment. Your feet will thank you!