Foot Conditions That May Make You a Candidate for Orthotics

Problems with your feet can hold you back. If you’re dealing with foot discomfort, even walking across the house may feel daunting. And you may turn down doing activities you used to love because you fear foot pain.

However, there is good news. You may be able to treat a number of foot conditions by simply putting orthotics into your shoes. These customized shoe inserts can provide support where your feet need it.

At Arizona Foot and Ankle Medical Center in Laveen, Arizona, Kyle Durfey, DPM, and Brian Hiapo, DPM, create personalized orthotics to help people get relief from a number of foot conditions. In this blog, they discuss some of the most common foot conditions that orthotics can help. 


Each foot has one bursa — which is located between your heel bone and Achilles tendon — and it acts as a cushion. If the bursa becomes inflamed, you might experience swelling, redness, and pain when you walk or run. The condition is called bursitis. Orthotics can cushion your bursa and help it heal.

Flat feet

If the entire soles of your feet touch the floor, this is a sign that you don’t have the arch support you need. Flat feet can cause swelling and pain in your ankles, heels, and arches.

Adding orthotics to your shoes can provide your arches with the support they need and help alleviate any discomfort. 

Hammertoes and bunions

Hammertoes is a condition in which a toe curves downward instead of extending straight out. Bunions is a condition in which there is a bony growth at the base of the big toe. 

Both of these conditions can put strain on your muscles and tendons and cause your toes to rub uncomfortably in your shoes. Orthotics can alleviate the pressure or strain on your toes and help you walk comfortably. 


If you’ve hurt your foot playing sports or from overuse, you need to give it the support it needs to heal. The team at Arizona Foot and Ankle Medical Center offer customized orthotics to help people recover from injuries, such as plantar fasciitis and achilles tendonitis.

We also offer orthotics that can help alleviate foot pain resulting from other conditions, such as arthritis and diabetes.

If you have foot pain, we can help. When you see us, we’ll give you a thorough evaluation. If you need orthotics, we’ll give you inserts customized exactly to your feet. And if you need foot care that goes beyond orthotics, we’ll go over your treatment options. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Arizona Foot and Ankle Medical Center today.

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