What Are Orthotics?
A foot orthoses is basically a shoe insert. Orthoses are better known as orthotics. They are designed to support, align, and improve the function of the foot.
There are many reasons to wear orthotics. People of all ages who suffer from foot problems can be prescribed orthotics by their podiatrist. Orthotics can be very helpful in many cases where people suffer from chronic foot or lower limb problems.
Many athletes use orthotics to address any biomechanical problems they might have and help maximize their performance.
They can also be helpful in rehabilitation of some foot conditions, such as tendinitis, recurrent ankle sprains and stress fractures.
If you are prescribed orthotics, your podiatrist will choose the best type of orthotics for your foot problem as well provide you with information about what shoes are best to wear with them.
There are several types of orthotics. The three main categories of orthotics are:
- Rigid. Designed to control function. They are mainly used for walking or dress shoes and may be used to eliminate or reduce pain, such as aches, strains or pains in the legs, thighs and lower back.
- Semi-rigid. Designed to provide balance for walking or participating in sports. Semi-rigid orthotics are often prescribed for children to treat flat feet or in-toeing or out-toeing disorders. Athletes also sometimes use them to mitigate pain while training or competing.
- Soft. Usually used to absorb shock, increase balance, and take pressure of off sore or uncomfortable spots. They are usually effective when used for diabetic, arthritic, or deformed feet.
If you are looking for simple cushioning for your feet, you may able to find what you are looking for in over-the-counter shoe inserts. However, over-the-counter inserts don’t provide good arch support and if you are looking for more than basic cushioning, they might not be what you need.
Custom orthotics are made specifically for your foot and provide better arch support, so if you are suffering from foot pain and over-the-counter shoe inserts just aren’t working for you, you should contact your podiatrist for more information about custom orthotics.
If you are having foot pain and would like to set up an appointment, you can call our office at (615) 220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.
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