If you have a severe bunion, you may experience pain when you put pressure on the ball of your foot. The misalignment of the bones that causes the bunion can also throw off your balance, making you compensate by walking on the inside or outside of your foot. A custom-made orthotic can resolve some of these common problems.

Custom orthotics are devices made especially for your feet. They are designed to provide the exact support you need by matching the contours of your feet and the way you walk. A podiatrist creates your custom orthotic after examining your foot and taking an impression.

Prescription orthotics are divided into functional orthotics and accommodative orthotics. Functional orthotics are used to control pain caused by abnormal motion and to treat injuries like shin splints or tendinitis. Functional orthotics are often made from a semi-rigid material. Accommodative orthotics are normally softer to provide your feet with additional cushion and support.

If your bunion is causing you pain when you put pressure on your foot, your podiatrist might recommend an accommodative custom orthotic.