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By Dr. Eric Arp
November 16, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Custom Orthotics   Orthotics  

Wondering why turning to your podiatrist for shoe inserts is the best option for your feet?

Do you find yourself dealing with sore, aching feet whenever you stand, walk or run? While feet, just like the rest of your body, need a break from all the heavy lifting there could also be underlying problems such as flat feet or extremely high arches that could also lead to further problems if you aren’t careful. One way to improve the biomechanics of the feet and to prevent overworked, overtired peds is by turning to our Mountain Home and Harrison, AR, podiatrist Dr. Eric Arp for custom orthotics.

Custom orthotics are individualized to your needs

You may currently be using shoe inserts that you purchased from the local drugstore. While these inserts may take some of the pressure off your feet, this one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t really address your specific underlying problems. In fact, some people may find that these commercial shoe inserts cause further issues. By turning to our foot doctors for custom orthotics you can trust that these devices will effectively and efficiently support your foot and target any specific problems you’re dealing with.

Custom orthotics could prevent problems

While many people turn to us for custom orthotics because they are already dealing with foot pain or other problems, this doesn’t mean that people can’t still benefit from these custom-made shoe inserts even if they aren’t currently dealing with foot issues. In fact, this simple device may be all you need to prevent sore, achy feet and future injuries in the first place.

Custom orthotics improve how your feet function

People can have structural foot abnormalities but never even realize it; however, over time, these structural abnormalities can make it difficult for the foot to function properly, which in turn can lead to swelling, stiffness, pain and injury. Custom orthotics redistribute weight evenly among the foot to prevent pain points and to also absorb some of the shocks from walking or running.

Custom orthotics can improve your game

Are you an athlete? If so, then custom orthotics could be a game-changer. When feet aren’t properly aligned this can affect alignment in the ankles, legs, hips and back. Once the feet are thrown off whack it’s more common to deal with ankle, hip and back problems. Luckily, custom orthotics can help realign the foot and also provide feet with ample cushioning and support to make sprinting, jumping and turning even easier.

Custom orthotics can improve certain health conditions

If you are living with chronic health problems such as diabetes or osteoarthritis you understand the importance of finding ways to manage your condition and prevent complications. Since feet are often impacted by some of these more common chronic conditions, getting orthotics could alleviate your discomfort and improve mobility.

The podiatrists of ARP Foot and Ankle Clinic at our Harrison or Mountain Home clinic locations are dedicated to providing you with top-of-the-line, custom orthotics, as well as a wide range of other foot and ankle treatments to prevent foot pain and other issues. If you want to get customized orthotics call our office in Harrison, AR at (870) 365-3668 or in Mountain Home, AR at (870) 425-7363.

By Dr. Eric Arp
August 25, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics  
OrthoticsA healthy body starts with healthy, happy feet. After all, your feet have to do a lot of heavy lifting, providing your body with a sturdy foundation and support to walk, run, and climb stairs. Of course, many people will deal with biomechanical problems in their feet due to flat feet, high arches, or other structural abnormalities. The good news is that something as simple as custom orthotics can provide your feet with the support they need to both prevent and manage foot and leg pain and other problems.

What are orthotics?

These specialized shoe inserts are a little different from the ones you can find at your local drugstore. Orthotics are special, custom-made shoe inserts designed and fabricated by your podiatrist to specifically fit your foot and its unique needs. There are many reasons why a podiatrist may recommend orthotics.

Sometimes orthotics are used to alleviate symptoms and improve common foot, leg, or even back problems, while other times your podiatrist may recommend them to improve the support and health of your feet to prevent problems in the first place.

Do I need orthotics?

Orthotics is just one way to treat foot and leg problems and your doctor may recommend orthotics if you are dealing with,
Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Leg, hip, or back pain
  • Bursitis
  • Flat feet
  • High arches
  • Tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bunions
  • Diabetes
  • Hammertoes
  • Certain injuries to the foot or ankle
While orthotics are typically not the sole treatment option, your podiatrist may prescribe orthotics along with other treatment options including stretching, pain-relieving medication, ice or heat therapy, and bracing or compression.

Orthotics can help people of all ages and backgrounds, from athletic kids and adults to those who are overweight and seniors. Feet continue to change as we get older, and as aches and pains set in, custom orthotics could be what you need to help make getting around as easy as it once was.

Types of Orthotics

There are many different kinds of materials that can be used to create orthotics. The type of condition you are dealing with will most likely help your podiatrist determine which material to use.

Orthotics range from soft and flexible to hard and rigid. Those with plantar fasciitis or diabetic feet are more likely to benefit from the cushioning and additional support of soft orthotics while athletes and those who often wear dress shoes are more likely to benefit from rigid orthotics.

If you are interested in orthotics and how they could help you, talk with your podiatrist to learn more.
By Dr. Eric Arp
January 28, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Orthotics  

Orthotics are medical devices that podiatrists provide patients to treat heel pain and properly align the foot and lower extremities. Here at Arp Foot and Ankle Clinic, PC of Mountain Home and Harrison, AR, Dr. Eric Arp provides patients with orthotics to treat their unique issues—read on to learn more!

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are custom-made devices that are placed in shoes to correct foot alignment issues and abnormal walking patterns. Orthotics provide efficient and comfortable arch support to improve everyday activities, such as standing, walking, and running. They come in several shapes, sizes, and materials to improve function and protect feet.

Who needs orthotics?

There are several diseases that require orthotics to help ease everyday activities and reduce pain. Here are a few common foot issues that are treated at our offices in Mountain Home and Harrison, AR:

  • Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the tissue on the sole of the foot. This painful condition makes it difficult to walk, and people usually feel the most pain in the morning.
  • Arthritis (i.e. joint inflammation) not only affects joints, but it also irritates the tissue that surrounds the joint and other connective tissue. The two most common types of arthritis are rheumatic arthritis and osteoarthritis.
  • Diabetes affects people's circulation to limbs, especially feet. People suffering from diabetes are susceptible to diseases like neuropathy and require custom footwear.

What types of orthotics exist?

  1. Rigid orthotics are custom-made orthotics made of plastic or carbon fiber, which is a firm material.
  2. Soft orthotics are made of soft, cushioned materials to absorb shock and increase balance, especially for diabetic, arthritic, and deformed feet.
  3. Semi-rigid orthotics are made of layers of soft material reinforced with rigid materials, which is best for children who have flat feet, and people with in-toeing or out-toeing disorders.

Interested in orthotic treatment? Give us a call

Orthotics are a great way to deal with serious foot problems. If you would like to learn more about custom orthotics from Arp Foot & Ankle Clinic, PC, make sure you call our Harrison, AR, office at (870) 365-3668 or our Mountain Home, AR, office at (870) 425-7363 today to schedule an appointment.