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By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
September 14, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Pain   Custom Orthotics  

Custom orthotics are removable shoe inserts that provide greater arch support and stability to the feet and ankles. There are different types of orthotics available depending on the issue and level of support that is needed. Basic orthotics are sold over the counter, but a custom pair designed specifically for your foot will provide optimal support and comfort.

When are Custom Orthotics Necessary?

Podiatrists typically recommend custom orthotics for people with flat feet, or very high arches. One of the most common signs that you may benefit from a pair of orthotics is heel pain (although you may also experience pain and swelling in other parts of the foot). You may also experience pain and swelling after normal and relatively low impact activities like standing or walking.

A good way to figure out if you are having pronation issues is to examine the soles of your shoes and sneakers. If the soles and insoles tend to become visibly more worn on one side, it may be a sign that your alignment is off and you are over or under pronating. A podiatrist may ask you to walk in your bare feet to observe your stride and gait (known as a gait analysis). If you experience persistent pain, swelling, or stiffness, especially after exercise or after long periods of rest, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Types of Custom Orthotics

There are a few different types of custom orthotics designs available depending on your needs.

Functional (also known as rigid) orthotics are made of harder materials and are usually prescribed for pronation problems or joint issues like arthritis.

Accommodative orthotics are designed to provide more cushioning and support and are typically prescribed for problems like plantar fasciitis and bunions.

In addition to improving your gait and foot and ankle alignment, custom orthotics can help to prevent related strains and injuries and relieve back, joint, and knee pain if it is caused by issues with your arches and pronation.

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
December 08, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Custom Orthotics  

Custom Orthotics Bring Relief to Your Feet

 
If your feet are suffering from pain or other ailments, you are in luck.  Your podiatrist in Fairfax at Family Foot and Ankle Center offers orthotics to help your stand, walk and run more efficiently and comfortably.  
 
Orthotic devices come in many shapes, sizes and materials to help alleviate your foot ailments. They also fall under three different categories, which include: rigid, soft and semi-rigid orthotics.  
 
At Family Foot and Ankle Center, your Fairfax podiatrist, we utilize orthotics to alter or modify foot function.  Orthotics are also designed to treat, adjust and support various biomechanical foot disorders.  The most effective are custom-made orthotics, which are created to meet the specific needs of an individual’s foot shape and problem. 
 
Your podiatrist in Fairfax prescribes orthotics as a conservative approach to many foot problems or as a method of control after certain types of foot surgery. Orthotics serve the purpose of correcting an abnormal walking pattern.  By slightly altering the angles at which the foot strikes a walking or running surface, orthotics make standing, walking, and running more comfortable and efficient.
 
Visit your Fairfax podiatrist today for an evaluation and to remain on track for healthy, pain free feet with orthotics. 


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