By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
October 06, 2016
Category: Orthotics
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The simplest definition of orthotics is any device that gets inserted into your shoe. Orthotics may provide support, shift the position of your foot or help correct a defect or functional problem. At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care orthotics can be part of the treatment plan for a number of different conditions including: plantar fasciitis, arthritis, hammertoe, sesamoiditis and many others.

Types of Orthotics

Although there are over-the-counter orthotics people try for minor foot issues, custom orthotics that are made to fit your individual foot can greatly reduce pain and increase ease of walking and participating in activities you enjoy. Orthotics can be used to protect painful or injured areas, increase foot function or both. 

There are three kinds of orthotics:

  1. Rigid: Made of firm materials like carbon fiber or plastic, rigid orthotics are used mostly in walking or dress shoes to control mechanical function of the foot. They usually are used to control the motion of the two large foot joints below the ankle and can eliminate back pain and aches and strains in the legs and thighs as well. Our foot and ankle surgeons, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah will make a mold from a cast or image to produce a rigid orthotic device.
  2. Soft: This type of orthotic device is mostly used to increase comfort by taking the pressure off a painful spot or absorbing shock. As the name implies, they are made of soft, cushiony material, also from a cast or other image of your foot. They are helpful for patients with diabetes and foot deformities.
  3. Semi-Rigid: Often used by serious athletes to prevent overuse injury and pain, semi-rigid orthotics are made of alternating layers of soft and rigid materials. They are also prescribed for children dealing with flatfeet, and in- or out-toeing conditions.

If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort in your toes, feet or ankles, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office for an appointment. Non-invasive treatments, such as orthotics, are available to help get you back to your normal level of activity.