Orthotics for the Feet
Custom-molded orthotics are individually designed shoe inserts or ankle braces. Orthotic devices like these are frequently used to treat various conditions of the foot and ankle. They are often very effective in relieving common complaints.
We recommend orthotics for feet and ankle orthotics for several reasons, but most often:
- Aligning and supporting the foot or ankle
- Preventing, correcting or accommodating foot deformities
- Improving the overall function of the foot or ankle
How Our Orthotics Are Different
When we examine your feet and listen to your symptoms, we can accurately diagnose what the true nature of your foot or ankle condition is. Our podiatrists will make a custom computerized scan of your feet that is far more accurate that a foam box impression or plaster cast impression. One of the podiatrists at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists makes the scan, to make certain that the orthotics are just right for you.
Our custom orthotics last much longer and provide more support or correction than over- the-counter orthotics. When combined with a stretching and exercise program, our orthotics will get you back on the move quickly. Our computerized foot analysis helps us craft orthoses that more accurately reflect the dynamics of your gait.
The following are the main types of custom shoe inserts:
Rigid Orthotics Made of firm materials like plastics, fiberglass and carbon fiber, these primarily address motion in the two major foot joints below the ankle. If a foot imbalance is the cause of pain in the leg, thighs or lower back, rigid orthotics, which are usually designed for use in walking or dress shoes are recommended.
These act as a balance aid during walking or athletic activities. They are made from foam with a thin, plastic shell laminated to it.
Soft Orthotics Designed to act as shock absorbers and also to increase balance and reduce pressure in sore spots, these inserts are made of compressible foam. They have proven effective for arthritic feet and are also widely used to care for diabetic foot conditions. They tend to be bulkier than other inserts and may rewire extra room in shoes or prescription footwear.
Ankle Orthotics and Braces
Everyone takes thousands of steps every day. If you exercise regularly or play a sport the twisting, turning and pounding can sometimes cause ankle sprains and other injuries. Many times an injured person may purchase an over-the-counter ankle brace to help remedy the problem. There are so many types of braces offering varying degrees of support - which can be confusing.
Only a podiatrist experienced in complex ankle injuries can accurately diagnose the true nature of ankle issues. Our ankle and foot braces are matched to the severity of your problem, not a “one-size-fits-all” brace you can get at a drugstore. When one of the experts at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists evaluates your foot and listens to your symptoms, we will work with you to find the best ankle support. The ankle and foot braces that we supply are made of superior materials than what you can buy in a store.
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