What Types of Orthotics are Available?
What you need to know about orthotics
If you have foot pain, you owe it to yourself to try custom-made orthotics. You should pamper your feet because they hold you up
throughout your life. Aging, injury, diseases like diabetes, and everyday wear and tear can take a toll on your feet. Custom-made orthotics are designed to cushion your feet and help heal them of various painful foot conditions. Your podiatrists at West Hartford Podiatry in West Hartford, Connecticut want to introduce you to the world of orthotics and what they can do for you.
Custom made orthotics shouldn’t be confused with the generic orthotics you can purchase in the grocery store. Your podiatrists at West Hartford Podiatry want you to know that professional orthotics require exact measurements, impressions and casting, and they are created with the use of computer technology.
There are three main types of orthotics available at West Hartford Podiatry, each designed for a specific purpose. Your podiatrist may suggest:
Soft orthotics to act as shock absorbers, help with balance and take some of the pressure off of your sore feet. They are perfect for diabetic foot problems, arthritic or deformed feet. They are made from cushioned materials and encompass the entire sole of your foot.
Semi-rigid orthotics to improve balance for playing sports and walking; they are also used to treat flatfoot in children. This type of orthotic is made of layers of both cushioned and rigid materials.
Rigid orthotics to limit the motion of joints in your foot, giving you relief from strained tendons, and muscle aches and pains in your legs, thighs and lower back. They are made from hard plastic and designed to be worn for walking or dress shoes.
Foot pain can make you miserable and keep you from your daily activities. If you have foot pain, don’t suffer! It’s time to get some help with a simple phone call. Call your podiatrists at West Hartford Podiatry in West Hartford, Connecticut. They can help you take care of your feet and get back to your life. Call today!