Ever wonder what “foot pain relieving inserts” are really all about? Or what type of foot pain can be helped with in-shoe support?
Orthotics, also known as orthoses, refers to any device inserted into a shoe, ranging from felt pads to custom-made shoe inserts that correct an abnormal or irregular, walking pattern. Proper wear of orthoses improves the function of the foot by changing the muscles, control and position of the foot, and the relationship between the foot and the leg. Individuals are able to stand, walk, and run more efficiently and comfortably.
Orthotics may be used to help reduce foot pain and prevent, or minimize, the discomfort of foot deformities.
Patients with arthritis, fat pad atrophy, and heel and arch pain are often pain free with the use of orthotics. Other issues such as balance and leg or lower back pain can also be treated with the proper orthotics.
Here at Resonance Step + Stride Podiatry, we would know if an orthotic is the right solution for an individual, or if a more comprehensive treatment plan is needed.
Orthotic devices come in many shapes, sizes, and materials. While over-the-counter orthotics are readily available and may help people with mild symptoms, they normally cannot correct the wide range of symptoms that prescription foot orthoses are able to achieve. A prescription foot orthotic is custom-made to fit an individual’s unique foot structure and correct their specific issue.
There are three main categories of orthotic design, each intended to treat a set of symptoms:
- Rigid orthotic devices are designed to control function and are primarily used in walking or dress shoes. They are often composed of a firm material. A foam impression of scan is taken of the individual’s foot to create this type of orthoses. Rigid orthotics control motion in the two major foot joints that lie directly below the ankle joint and may improve or eliminate strains, aches and pains in the legs, thighs and lower back.
- Soft orthotics are used to absorb shock, increase balance, and take pressure off uncomfortable or sore spots. They are often used by individuals with diabetic, arthritic, or deformed feet. Soft orthotics are made up of soft, cushioned materials so that they can be worn against the sole of the foot, extending from the heel past the ball of the foot, including the toes.
- Semi-rigid orthotics provide foot balance for walking or participating in sports. Made of layers of soft material and reinforced with more rigid materials, semi-rigid orthotics are often prescribed for children with flatfoot and in-toeing or out-toeing disorders. They are also used to help athletes mitigate pain while they train and compete.
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