What are Orthotics?

Custom-fitted orthotics are prescribed by a foot doctor and are designed to support and comfort your feet. Orthotics are manufactured after a thorough exam of your feet, ankles and legs, and so these inserts fit your unique foot structure and needs.

There are two types of orthotics:

  • Functional orthotics help to control abnormal motion and the pain associated with this condition. They are usually made of a semi-rigid material like graphite or plastic.
  • Accommodative orthotics provide cushioning and support and can help treat diabetic foot ulcers and painful calluses.

Symptoms Indicating the Need for Orthotics

  • Persistent foot, heel, or arch pain
  • Abnormal walking patterns or gait issues
  • Frequent ankle sprains or instability
  • Uneven shoe wear indicating abnormal foot mechanics
  • Pain in the knees, hips, or lower back that may be related to foot function
  • Conditions like flat feet, high arches, plantar fasciitis, or bunions

How Do I Determine If I Need Orthotics?

The best way to determine if you need orthotics is to consult with a podiatrist. They can perform a thorough evaluation of your feet, ankles, and walking pattern. A detailed assessment will help identify any structural or functional issues that orthotics could correct. Symptoms like recurring pain, discomfort while walking, or frequent injuries can also be indicators. Remember, not all foot problems require orthotics, but they can be a valuable solution for many chronic and acute conditions.

Creating Custom Orthotics

We will first assess your overall health and evaluate your pain or discomfort along with contributing factors. After a thorough examination of your feet, we will check your gait and watch the movement of your feet, ankles and legs.

Based on our evaluation, we will design the right orthotics to relieve your foot problem. Your custom devices will improve your foot movement for more mobility and comfort.

Orthotics can provide a non-invasive solution to various foot, ankle, and even back issues by properly aligning and supporting your feet and lower body. They can significantly improve your quality of life, mobility, and comfort. At West Hartford Podiatry Associates, we specialize in evaluating and providing the right orthotics to meet your specific needs. Whether you’re an athlete looking to improve performance or someone seeking relief from daily foot pain, schedule an appointment with us. We’re here to guide you towards the best solution for your feet and help you take each step in comfort and confidence.