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Orthotics: What are they all about

What Are Orthotics

 

Orthotics are shoe inserts that correct abnormal biomechanics in the feet which can lead to irregular, walking patterns, ankle pain or foot pain. Also called arch supports, orthotics allow people to stand, walk, and run more efficiently and comfortably. Podiatrists often prescribe/make orthotic devices to correct an abnormal foot position, abnormal walk, to reduce pain and regularly for patients following surgery.

 

Why Do I Need Orthotics?

Many people suffer from either very flat feet (pronation) or very high arch feet (Supinated). These foot types can lead to many different ailments to the foot and ankle. As a child, the foot is still maturing and this is the best time to correct the abnormal foot position with orthotics to realign and balance the foot and ankle. As we get older and our foot position is not corrected this can lead to pain and stiffness in the foot including but not limited to: arthritis, plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis,
mortons neuroma, and/or heel pain.

 

How do they Help?

Orthotics aim to rebalance and maintain the proper alignment of your foot, ankle and knees. By supporting the arch of the foot and the joints below the ankle joint orthotics are able to take the pressure off of many joints, tendons and bones providing pain relief and return of function. (Picture: Orthotic Rebalancing Foot)

Kalmar Family Podiatry Orthotic Difference: 

An orthotic from Kalmar Family Podiatry falls into three main categories: those designed to change foot function, ones that are primarily protective in nature, and those that combine functional control and protection. While over-the-counter orthotic inserts help people with mild symptoms, they normally cannot correct the wide range of symptoms that prescription foot orthotics can. Custom orthotics are specific for each person and are made to fit for each individual’s needs. At your orthotic evaluation appointment, we will perform a biomechanical exam, gait exam, take x-rays and discuss if orthotics would be of benefit for you. We use the latest technology including the 3D laser scan to get the most accurate rendering of your foot. The images then
get sent to an orthotic lab for fabrication.

 

Author
Garrett Kalmar, DPM, AACFAS

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