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Different Types of Orthotics

There are many people who choose to wear orthotics. These are inserts that are constructed of different materials and can consist of rigid, flexible, or plastic, and are used to treat various foot conditions. They can help to improve foot structure, and patients who have flat feet may benefit by wearing orthotics. Research has indicated orthotics may lift the natural arch and can possibly help to prevent invasive surgery. Some orthotics are made with added cushioning in the heel and ball of the foot, and this can help with pain and discomfort from plantar fasciitis. Some orthotics are full insoles, and will fill the entire shoe. Additionally, there are small heel orthotics that are made, which fit into the back cup of the shoe. Some patients will use an ankle-foot orthotic, and this extends from the calf to the heel. Orthotics can be a successful option to treat different foot conditions, and it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine if this is the best option for you.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Ernest Levi, DPM from Grand Central Podiatry. 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.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

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.

Prescription Orthotics

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 office located in New York, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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