Orthotics may help correct specific types of abnormal foot structures. They have been used to find relief with hammertoes and bunions, and are made of different materials for specific foot conditions. Rigid orthotics may be successful in controlling the movement of the feet below the ankle joints, in addition to improving the range of motion. This type of orthotic may be used when the patient has arthritis, high arches, or plantar fasciitis. Existing diabetic foot wounds and foot deformities may be helped by wearing accommodative orthotics, and it may help to improve overall foot function. Semi-rigid orthotics are comprised of soft and rigid materials and are generally used to treat flat feet. Additionally, they have been used to treat children’s disorders such as in-toeing and out-toeing. If you have foot pain, it is strongly advised that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine which type of orthotic is correct for you, and measure your feet correctly for custom-made orthotics.
If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Bradley Olson, DPM from North Dakota. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
What Are Orthotics?
Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.
Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.
If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.
If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.
If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Fargo and Wahpeton, ND . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.