Custom Foot Orthotics
Get Custom Orthotics to Relieve Foot Pain
An orthotic is a device that is inserted into a shoe, ranging from felt pads to custom-made inserts that correct an abnormal or irregular, walking pattern. Serving as an arch support, orthotics allow people to stand, walk, and run more efficiently and comfortably. Orthotics serve as a solution to many foot and ankle problems, including preventing or relieving foot and heel pain during pregnancy.
Over-the-counter orthotics are available and can help people with mild symptoms of heel pain or ankle pain, but may not correct the wide range of symptoms that prescription foot orthoses can since they are not custom made to fit an individual's unique foot structure. A custom fit orthotic is highly recommended.
There are three main categories of orthotic devices based on purpose: change foot function, protective and preventative, and a combination of control and protection.
Rigid orthotic devices are designed to control function and are used primarily for walking or dress shoes. They are often composed of a firm material, such as plastic or carbon fiber and are made from a mold. Rigid orthotics control motion in the major foot joints and may improve or eliminate strains, aches, and pains in the arches, legs, thighs, hips and lower back. Rigid orthotics are also recommended for arthritis pain in the big toe joint (hallux rigidus) or people with functional hallux limitus.
Accomodative orthotics are generally used to absorb shock, increase balance, and take pressure off uncomfortable or sore spots (which can help prevent pressure ulcers). They are usually effective for diabetic, arthritic, and deformed feet. Soft orthotics are typically made up of soft, cushioned materials so that they can be worn against the sole of the foot. Soft orthotics are made from a mold.
Semi-rigid orthotics provides foot balance for walking or participating in sports. The comfort and stability allow for them to be used for more rigorous activity. They are made up of layers of soft material, reinforced with more rigid materials. Semi-rigid orthotics are used to treat flatfoot and in-toeing or out-toeing disorders as well as helping athletes mitigate pain (for example from bone spurs) while they train.
Prevention is Everything—Ignoring Pain Means Making It Worse
Failing to address pain in your heel or ankle means compensating in the way you walk and increasing the chance of serious foot/ankle injuries or passing the pain somewhere else, like your toes. Take it seriously. Get it checked out. Trust in the experienced professionals at Advanced Foot and Ankle of Wisconsin to provide custom fit orthotics to relieve arch, foot and ankle pain and get you back on your feet.