Shoe inserts aren’t just for runners, seniors and stiletto addicts. Stop limping around and do something about that nagging foot pain.

Foot pain can affect your daily routine and even cause medical conditions, but oftentimes your achy feet can be alleviated with something as simple as shoe inserts.

Do you need shoe inserts? If you have any of the following, the answer is probably yes:

  • Foot pain: The most common causes of foot pain are ill-fitting shoes, high heels and pointed toe shoes.
  • Heel pain: Heel pain or sensitivity at the heel can signal plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis. Increasing your activity gradually, stretching and wearing the right shoes or inserts reduces the risk of this injury.
  • Uneven shoe wear: Take a look at your favorite pair of shoes. Are the soles worn on one side more than the other? Any evidence of uneven wear can point to misalignments from a number of issues that might be alleviated with inserts.
  • Ankle, knee or hip pain: Injury to your ankles, knees or hips can be caused from poor support or uneven distribution of weight. The best way to correct these issues is to stabilize your feet.

Over-the-counter inserts provide extra cushion and additional arch support. They also help you distribute weight on your feet more evenly. These inserts are mass-produced and can be chosen according to shoe size.

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Custom inserts are available from your orthopaedic doctor. According to Eric Tan, MD, assistant professor of clinical orthopaedic surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and a foot and ankle specialist at Keck Medicine of USC, custom-designed shoe inserts prevent and correct deformities.

“An orthopaedic doctor provides insight into what specific behavior is behind your issue, then makes suggests to resolve the problem,” Dr. Tan said. “This can include shoe inserts designed to correct your specific foot issue.”

By Heidi Tyline King

If you suffer from foot or heel pain, make an appointment with an orthopaedic specialist. The USC Foot and Ankle Center at Keck Medicine of USC treats common and complex foot and ankle problems with customized individual treatment and rehabilitation plans. To learn more, visit ortho.keckmedicine.org/usc-foot-and-ankle-center.

To schedule an appointment, call (800) USC-CARE (800-872-2273), or visit http://ortho.keckmedicine.org/patient-information/request-an-appointment.