Custom Orthotics: What Can They Do For You?
March 16, 2017
Dr. Shermi Parikh
Custom orthotics are devices designed to help restore natural foot function and correct foot mechanics. They are placed inside the shoe and help redirect and reduce motions that place strain on the body while you're walking. They can be used to treat a number of different foot problems, including: heel pain, hammertoes, bunions, foot ulcers, and even back pain - conditions often caused by poor foot mechanics.
At Family Foot and Ankle Center, Dr. Parikh uses the The Orthotic Group GaitScan technology to assess your foot mechanics, create digital casts for custom orthotic products, and prescribe the correct orthotic devices for each patient. They beauty of custom made orthotics is that they can be tailored to each patient's individual needs. For instance, patients with flat feet will need greater arch support, while patients with high arches will need more cushion for shock absorption. They can be customized for gym shoes, work shoes, dress shoes, and even sport cleats.
What kind of orthotics are out there?
Soft orthotics are made up of soft, cushioned material for the purpose of shock absorption, increasing balance, and taking pressure off of sore spots on the foot or ankle. They are often prescribed for diabetic, arthritic, and/or deformed feet.
Semi-rigid orthotics are made up of layers of both soft and more rigid materials, and are often used to provide balance for walking or playing sports. They help address the majority of foot problems that require orthotic intervention, and are common in treating flat feet and in-toeing and out-toeing disorders, and can help alleviate foot pain in athletes training or competing.
Rigid orthotics are made of stiffer material with less elasticity and flex. They are designed to control foot function, and are used primarily in walking and dress shoes. They help to control foot function and correct abnormal foot mechanics.
With an estimated 70% of the population suffering from poor foot mechanics to some degree, custom orthotics are an effective and economical solution to a common problem. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Parikh today and find out what custom orthotics can do for you!