Orthotics are orthopedic devices that are used to alter or modify foot function and are designed to treat, adjust, and support various biomechanical foot disorders. The most effective orthotics, however, are custom-made devices that are crafted to meet the specific needs of a particular individual. Custom orthotics are created using an impression of the foot called a cast, which duplicates any misalignments in foot structure. Using the cast, technicians in an orthotic laboratory design a device that balances out deformities and corrects misalignments.
Almost anyone, from children to adults, can benefit from orthotics. Orthotics can alleviate many common foot problems that cause pain and discomfort in otherwise healthy people. There are several common symptoms that may indicate misalignment of the feet. These signs and symptoms include the following:
- ● Abnormal shoe wear (e.g., one side of the sole of the shoe wears out faster than the other)
- ● Bunions
- ● Chronic heel (e.g., plantar fasciitis), knee, or low back pain
- ● Flatfeet
- ● Frequent ankle sprains
- ● Gait abnormalities (e.g., feet point inward or excessively outward during walking)
- ● Shin pain (e.g., shin splints)
For more information about orthotics or any of these symptoms contact our office through our contact page or our phone number listed at the top of this page.