Have a Question About Foot Pain or Treatment? Find the Answer Here

We get asked a lot of questions about foot and ankle pain. In fact, we’ve compiled a list of frequently-asked questions (and their answers) to give our patients fast access to common podiatry issues. Use the search bar on this page or browse through our list of frequent questions for solutions to your problem.

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  • Are custom orthotics better than ordinary insoles?

    If you need cushioning for a favorite pair of heels you wear occasionally, you could just get a gel metatarsal pad or thin foam insole to make them a bit more comfortable. However, if you have been diagnosed with flat feet or struggle with overpronation issues like bunions, calluses, and plantar fasciitis, you may benefit from custom orthotics.

    Sierra Foot & Ankle offers orthotics lab services at both our Gardnerville and our Carson City, NV locations. Dr. Melhuish has many years of experience in diagnosing foot issues, making detailed molds of feet, crafting a pair of supports specifically designed to address particular biomechanical issues, and following up to make sure the orthotics do what they are designed for.

    Your job is to break them in properly, wear them consistently, and enjoy your new life without foot pain! Generic insoles may provide occasional cushioning, and heel cups can help treat your child’s tendonitis or Sever’s disease symptoms temporarily, and that is fine. An orthotic, however, can be a long-term solution that brings comfort and relief for many years.

    Call (775) 783-8037 or our toll-free number (888) 608-8406 and set up an appointment at Sierra Foot & Ankle to discuss whether custom orthotics might help you.

  • Where can I get custom orthotics for my heel pain?

    Heel pain is one of the most common ailments we treat at our office. Our goal is always to keep you walking and active and enjoying life, and you can’t do that when your feet hurt. They weren’t meant to walk on hard surfaces all day, so they need a little help. If you are wondering where to get custom orthotics to support your arch and relieve your pain, look no further. Sierra Foot & Ankle designs and fabricates the best ones in the area right here in our onsite orthotics lab

    We take care of the issue from beginning to end. We diagnose the cause of your pain, take imprints of your feet, determine where they need extra support and cushioning, and then start making a pair of foot supports that fits your foot exactly. We choose the best base material for your needs (rigid, semi-rigid, soft), contour the upper layers according to the shape of your foot and where it needs extra support, and top it with a long lasting liner that allows your feet to breathe.

    Ready to address the heel (or ankle, knee or hip) pain that as making walking difficult for you? Call Dr. Victoria Melhuish at Sierra Foot & Ankle today to set up your appointment. You can reach our office in Gardnerville, NV at (775) 783-8037, or call toll free at (888) 608-8406. You can also request an appointment on our website contact page. 

  • Can orthotics help with overpronation?


    Although overpronation alone doesn’t necessarily mean you need custom orthotics—sometimes a new pair of shoes or a new running style is sufficient—orthotics have been shown to be effective in significantly reducing pain and injury risk for many who overpronate.

    For example, a full-contact flexible orthotic that follows the contours of your sole can help prevent your feet from rolling too far outward when you step. That sets off a chain reaction of biomechanical improvements, keeping your ankles, knees, and hips in better alignment. When your body is aligned better, you can run longer without pain and soreness and lessen your risk for conditions like stress fractures and shin splints.

    If you have recurring pain or soreness in your feet, call Victoria L. Melhuish, DPM in Carson City or Gardnerville, NV today. We pride ourselves on providing the best foot and ankle care in Northern Nevada, and look forward to seeing you! You can reach us through this website, or by dialing (775) 783-8037.