A lot of common foot problems can be "fixed" simply by learning about what types of shoes are best
for your feet. Dr. Johansson can provide a Shoe Buying guide to help you while you shop.
It is important to have your feet properly measured when you go to buy new shoes, as
our feet change over time. Many of us do not realize this, and assume that once we reach adulthood, our feet will always
be that size. Sometimes, a little extra help for our feet can be provided by adding orthotics/arch supports.
Orthotics are biomechanical devices that function to realign your feet during walking so that your body weight passes through
your feet in the optimum manner. When your feet are functioning in this optimum position, you can carry out your daily
activities in the easiest, most comfortable way. This can prevent not only foot problems, but sometimes knee, hip, and
back problems as well. Appropriate supports can even help to prevent ankle sprains, shin splints, and other sports injuries.
In addition, orthotics function to prevent your feet from becoming deformed, as you see in conditions such as bunions
and/or hammer toes. By keeping your feet lined up properly, orthotics can reduce or eliminate the muscle imbalances
that cause these deformities. In the case where such problems are already present, the use of orthotics may halt or
slow the progression of the deformity.
In the event that custom foot
orthotics are not covered by your insurance plan, Dr. Johansson charges $250 per pair. If you would
like to have 2 pairs made (i.e., one for running shoes and one for dress shoes), she charges $200 for each pair.
If your current orthotics are starting to look a little worn out, bring them in - we can easily have them refurbished
or even adjusted for a nominal cost.