If you have foot problems or pain in your lower limbs and back, realigning and supporting the internal structures of your feet with orthotics can be highly beneficial. The team of expert podiatrists at Kalmar Family Podiatry in Huntington, New York, can help ease your pain and restore mobility with custom made orthotics shoe inserts that rebalance your feet and alleviate pressure on inflamed tissues. Find out more by calling the clinic today, or book an appointment online.
Orthotics are inserts you place inside your footwear to correct structural abnormalities in your feet or to relieve pressure when you have a painful foot condition. Unlike over-the-counter inserts, orthotics are custom made to fit each patient perfectly and provide exactly the right support to relieve pain and adjust the biomechanics of the foot.
Orthotics can also correct problems in the feet that are causing an abnormal gait, which can lead to musculoskeletal problems in the ankles, legs, pelvis, hips, and spine. With the right orthotics, you can move more comfortably and be far more active without experiencing pain or putting a strain on your joints.
There are several types of orthotics available at Kalmar Family Podiatry, those designed to change foot function, ones that are primarily protective in nature, and those that combine functional control and protection.
Also known as supportive orthotics, rigid orthotics are usually made from a hard material such as carbon fiber or plastic. The support of rigid orthotics can help with pain and aching in the legs, thighs, and back, and alleviate pressure on strained tissues.
Also known as accommodative orthotics, soft orthotics are designed to take pressure off of painful parts of the feet, absorb shock, and help improve balance. They’re useful for patients with conditions such as arthritis and plantar fasciitis.
Semi-rigid orthotics combine elements of soft and rigid orthotics to help balance the feet for daily activities and playing sports.
Children are primarily given orthosis or gait plates for three main reasons: To treat flatfoot, in-toeing, or out-toeing disorders. Athletes often use orthoses to mitigate pain while they train and compete.
Custom orthotics are superior to over-the-counter shoe inserts because although standard inserts may provide cushioning and a degree of support, they can’t address the root of the problem by realigning the interior structures of your feet as orthotics can.
Orthotics are custom made, so they have to be individually designed by your podiatrist at Kalmar Family Podiatry. The first stage is to complete a detailed examination and evaluation of your feet, ankles, and legs.
Following this examination, your podiatrist takes a 3D laser scan of your feet that they use to help them design the perfect orthotic for each foot. Your podiatrist may also recommend additional forms of treatment to improve your comfort and foot health further, such as PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injections or shockwave therapy.
To find out more about the benefits of custom orthotics, call Kalmar Family Podiatry today, or book an appointment online.