By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
February 07, 2018
Category: Orthotics
Tags: Orthotics  

When patients come to us at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care with foot pain, our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah will conduct a complete foot and ankle examination and take your medical history. There are many treatment options available that will bring relief to foot problems but in some cases, particularly when the problem is biomechanical or due to a deformity, an ongoing solution is necessary—that’s when custom orthotics can come into play.

Orthotics can protect a vulnerable or inflamed part of the foot. They can also realign or reposition the foot to compensate for faulty foot function and shift weight to take stress off of a specific area. Orthotics can be worn daily to greatly reduce or eliminate foot pain.

Orthotic Designs

Orthotics come in many shapes and sizes and are made of a variety of materials depending on their purpose. There are three distinct types of orthotics:

Rigid—as the name implies, these are made of a firm material such as carbon fiber or plastic. A plaster or digital mold is the template for the orthotic which will control motion in the two-foot joints that lie directly below the ankle joint. Patients who use rigid orthotics will see a great reduction in aches and strain in legs, thighs and lower backs.

Semi-rigid—layers of soft material reinforced with rigid materials help improve balance. Children with flat feet and in- or out-toeing can also be helped by semi-rigid orthotics. Added arch support can relieve heel pain caused by flat feet as well.

Soft—cushioning is the main purpose of this type of orthotic. Also made from a custom mold, these are worn up against the sole of the foot and act as a shock absorber for the foot reducing pressure on sore spots and increasing balance. These can be very helpful for patients with diabetes, arthritis and certain deformities.

If you are experiencing ongoing aches or pain in your feet, contact our New Jersey offices in Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office for an appointment by calling 732-662-3050 and find out if orthotics can help you.