Are your feet acting up again? Perhaps you’re wondering if you need a fresh pair of inserts or to further cut back on activities that hurt your feet. These might help. But depending on your specific symptoms, you might benefit more from an orthotic device instead.
To be certain, you can consult with one of our podiatrists here at The Podiatry Associates in our Mississauga, Brantford, or Whitby ON office for a professional evaluation. Until your appointment, here’s a primer on orthotics.
What are Orthotics and How Do They Work?
For some people, OTC shoe inserts can work well to relieve their aching feet. For others, however, they might need orthotics. These are prescription medical appliances that are worn inside the shoes to fix biomechanical foot problems, including issues with how a person runs, stands, or walks.
Orthotics can likewise aid in treating foot pain due to conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, bursitis, and plantar fasciitis. Additionally, the right orthotic device can significantly delay or get rid of the need for surgical intervention for conditions like flat feet.
Different Kinds of Orthotic Devices
Accommodative orthotic appliances or soft orthotics are crafted from soft materials made for compression. They work by giving cushioning to remove pressure off achy or uncomfortable areas from problems like foot ulcers from diabetes or plantar fasciitis. These are inherently bulky so you may have to wear them with prescription shoes.
Functional orthotic devices or rigid orthotics are created from harder materials such as carbon fiber or durable plastic. They’re specifically developed for alleviating pain and strains in the lower back, thighs, ankles, and legs. This type of orthotic is best for dress shoes or closed footwear with low heels.
What Kind of Orthotic Should I Use?
This question is best answered by your podiatrist in our Mississauga, Brantford, or Whitby ON location. During your consultation, your feet will be inspected thoroughly and 3D images of them will be taken. If your podiatrist determines that you require orthotics, a mold of your affected foot/feet will be taken to ensure an accurate fit.
The mold will then be sent to a professional who’ll fabricate the soft or rigid orthotic device for you. Make sure to go to follow-up visits with your podiatrist to help make certain that your orthotic device is working for you.
For More Details or Questions on Orthotics, Speak to Us
You can schedule an assessment with one of our podiatrists here at The Podiatry Associates by dialing (905) 433-0200 to reach our Whitby ON office, (905) 568-3800 to reach our Mississauga ON office, or (519) 751-2900 to reach our Brantford ON office.