19 Dec All About Orthotics
“Orthotics” – it’s a scientific-sounding term for a fairly simple podiatry tool. The word orthotic comes from the Greek and means to straighten or align. So orthotics are shoe inserts that can give your feet support and comfort and also help relieve fatigue.
But while orthotics are shoe inserts, they are not the same as the generic inserts available at stores. Podiatrist-prescribed orthotics are custom-fitted specifically for each patient and designed to treat that person’s individual needs. Store-bought inserts may relieve discomfort temporarily, but cannot treat any chronic foot problems or biomechanical concerns.
Orthotics play a special part in sports medicine too. They can help improve performance because they help stabilize your joints and can minimize soft tissue vibrations.
Orthotics – Solutions for Many Types of Foot Problems
There are two kinds of orthotics: Accommodative orthotics relieve pain with their extra support and cushioning. Functional orthotics can address faulty biomechanics that can cause foot and ankle motion problems.
We prescribe orthotics to relieve many different foot issues including:
- Achilles tendonitis
- Ball of the foot pain
- Flat feet
- Heel pain
- High arches
- Plantar fasciitis
- Sports injuries
Orthotics are not just for adults. Children’s foot abnormalities, such as flat feet and in-toeing, can be helped with custom-fitted orthotics.
Producing orthotics is easy. Once we diagnose your specific foot issue, we take a mold of your foot right in our office. Orthotics are made of durable materials that, with proper care, will last for years.
Let Us Know If We Can Help with Your Foot or Ankle Pain
If you have pain from any type of injury or have any concerns about your foot and ankle health, make an appointment with Alta Ridge Foot Specialists at one of our three offices at 105 Chestnut Street, Mars Hill or 440 Alta Pass Highway, Spruce Pine or 2211 NC Hwy 105, Boone NC. We are a proud member of the Instride Foot and Ankle Partnership, a statewide partnership of doctors dedicated to providing state-of-the-art care to our patients. Dr. W. Aaron Broyles, Dr. Robert L. Van Brederode and Dr. Thomas Verla and their staff look forward to serving you. Contact us today!