Orthotics are a great way to provide much-needed comfort for many podiatrist-prescribed conditions. If you are suffering from heel pain, you have flat feet, your legs are two different sizes, or you have neuromas, our podiatrists may prescribe orthotics to allow you to live a more comfortable life. Abnormal walking patterns or gaits are also corrected through the use of orthotics, and they are helpful to diabetic patients who have foot deformities in order to prevent wounds or infection.
What are They?
Orthotics is another word for inserts or arch support. The specific type of insert you get depends on your condition as well as your activity level.
Three Different Types
There are three types of orthotics that depend on the type of material from which it is made. Soft orthotics are usually prescribed for conditions like diabetes, arthritis in the feet, calluses or painful foot deformities. Soft orthotics help absorb shock and take pressure off painful foot areas.
Rigid orthotics are another option, especially useful for dress shoes and boots. They’re made from firmer materials such as plastic or carbon fiber and can help eliminate strains, aches and pains in the feet, legs, thighs and lower back.
Semi-rigid orthotics are geared toward sports-related activities and can help provide foot balance for activities like walking and running. These orthotic implants are composed of soft materials reinforced with rigid materials for reinforcement.
Contact Alpine Foot Specialists
If you think you could benefit from custom orthotics, visit our office and talk to one of our podiatrists. If you are a good fit, we will make you a custom mold made out of plaster, and then send it out to be fabricated. Don’t live your life with daily foot pain! Contact Alpine Foot Specialists to get started.