Orthotics Specialist

Tola Foot & Ankle Center

Pamela C Tola, DPM

Podiatric Medicine & Wellness located in Hamilton, NJ

You may have noticed orthotics, also called orthotic insoles, near the checkout counter at the pharmacy. They look comfortable, but will they benefit you? At Tola Foot & Ankle Center in Hamilton, New Jersey, Pamela C. Tola, DPM, provides orthotics that are custom fit to your foot shape and size so they alleviate your specific type of discomfort. To learn more about custom orthotics and see if you need them, book a consultation with Dr. Tola by phone or online today.

Orthotics Q & A

What are orthotics?

Custom orthotics are inserts for your shoes that help them fit more comfortably and redistribute the forces of your steps. Each orthotic device is fitted to the natural contours of your feet and slips easily into the bottoms of your shoes to give your feet more support.  

At Tola Foot & Ankle Center, Dr. Tola prescribes you with custom PowerStep® Orthotic Insoles. PowerStep insoles are often recommended for people who spend a lot of time on their feet: Dr. Tola may prescribe orthotic insoles if you’ve already tried other treatments and lifestyle changes, and your discomfort hasn’t improved. 

What can orthotics treat?

Dr. Tola prescribes orthotics to help with a variety of conditions affecting your feet, knees, and even your back. The way you walk affects the alignment of many parts of your body, so using orthotics can alleviate pain in a number of areas. 

Dr. Tola may suggest that you use orthotic insoles as part of your treatment for:

  • Bunions
  • Arthritis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Flat feet
  • High arches
  • Bursitis
  • Back pain

Orthotics help relieve the pain associated with these and other conditions. You’ll likely partake in other treatments at the same time, like anti-inflammatory drugs or physical therapy.

Can I wear orthotics if I don’t have a condition that needs correcting?

Custom orthotics may be necessary if your lifestyle leaves you prone to foot pain and soreness. You might benefit from wearing orthotics if you:

  • Wear high heels often
  • Live an active lifestyle or play sports
  • Have diabetes
  • Are on your feet all day

Orthotics can help you prevent problems from appearing in the first place, or from recurring if you’ve already had them.

What are the benefits of getting orthotics?

Orthotics offer many benefits for your foot health as well as the structural health of your neck, back, and shoulders. The advantages of using orthotics include:

  • Pain relief
  • Added support for your stance
  • Improved comfort
  • Improved balance
  • Deformity correction
  • Reduced risk of new injuries

While one-size-fits-all drug store orthotics offer a few of these benefits, they rarely work as well as custom orthotics, which fit your exact specifications and needs. For the best results and long-term improvement, Dr. Tola recommends wearing orthotics in your shoes daily for a year or more.

If you’re interested in wearing orthotics to help with soreness or discomfort, request an appointment at Tola Foot & Ankle Center by phone or online today.