Custom orthotics are specially-made devices designed to support and comfort your feet. They are prescribed to treat each individual foot condition. Prescription orthotics are crafted for you and no one else. They match the contours of your feet precisely and are designed for the way you move. Orthotics are only manufactured after a complete evaluation of your feet, ankles, and legs, so the orthotic can accommodate your unique foot structure and pathology.
Prescription orthotics are divided into two categories:
Functional orthotics are designed to control abnormal motion. They may be used to treat foot pain caused by abnormal motion; they can also be used to treat injuries such as shin splints or tendinitis. Functional orthotics are usually crafted of a semi-rigid material such as plastic or graphite.
Accommodative orthotics are softer and meant to provide additional cushioning and support. They can be used to treat diabetic foot ulcers, painful calluses on the bottom of the foot, and other uncomfortable conditions.
Orthotics are used to treat a variety offoot problems such as plantar fasciitis, bursitis, tendinitis, diabetic foot ulcers, and foot, ankle, and heel pain. Research has shown foot orthotics decrease foot pain and improve function.
Orthotics may cost more than shoe inserts purchased in a retail store, but the additional cost is usually well worth it. Unlike over-the-counter shoe inserts, orthotics are molded to fit each individual foot, so you can be sure that your orthotics fit and do what they're supposed to do.
Braces may be used for several different problems such as sprains, breaks, surgeries, other injuries, birth deformities, etc. They come in all different shapes and sizes. They can be a significant part of healing acute injuries as well as chronic injuries.
Foot and ankle braces, when fitted properly, will align your bones, muscles, and ligaments in the proper places while applying gentle pressure. The combination of the alignment and pressure will reduce swelling in and offer support to the problem area. More complex braces (supplied by our foot care physicians) can target specific joints, working quickly to eliminate pain and expedite the healing process. All of these factors and benefits of braces are taken into consideration when creating your treatment plan. These braces can prevent surgery or the need for painful injections.