What is Orthotics?
Orthotics are prescribed, custom shoe-inserts that are designed specifically for you by your doctor. While there are other shoe inserts available over-the-counter on the market, orthotics is a far superior option due to their higher quality, and higher rate of effectiveness. Orthotics are designed just for you, taking into consideration your specific condition that is causing your foot pain. They are also designed to fit your feet perfectly, giving you the utmost comfort. While non-prescription inserts may give you more relief from uncomfortable shoes, they cannot alleviate pain due to foot problems.
Orthotics work by realigning the feet with the body, thereby reducing strain and motions that cause stress on the foot while walking. Because of this, they are used not only to treat foot conditions, but back problems as well.
If you are experiencing constant foot pain, you may be able to skip the surgeries and painkillers, and opt for a simple fix instead – orthotics!
Who Can Use Orthotics?
Orthotics have been shown to help with foot pain caused by a myriad of conditions, including:
- Flat foot
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Hammer Toes
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Gait Problems
- Heel spurs, and more.
Types of Orthotics
There are three types of orthotics, based on material:
- Rigid: These are made of hard materials, such as plastic, and are designed to limit extra movement of the ankle. As such, they address mechanical issues of the foot that may also cause leg and back pain.
- Soft: These have extra padding to provide relief to areas that have extra pressure weighing on them. They are suitable for people who spend a large amount of time standing, or those who lack cushioning on their feet.
- Semirigid: These have a hard bottom to aid mobility, but also have cushioning to provide comfort and relief. They are most common in athletes.
When you see your doctor, they will take into account your condition, activity level, and lifestyle to create the orthotic most suitable for you.