Custom Foot Orthotics are a very good, conservative options with a high success rate. Orthotics are the best thing you can do for any foot. Foot orthotics are custom-molded supports that control the way the foot functions, similar to the way glasses control the way the eyes function to allow the user to see better. Foot orthotics decrease stress to the painful area of the foot. Orthotics are made from a custom molded cast of your feet.
Custom orthotics are specially-made devices designed to support and comfort your feet. Prescription orthotics are crafted for you and no one else. They match the contours of your feet precisely and are designed for the way you move to control pronation. Orthotics are only manufactured after a podiatrist has conducted a complete evaluation of your feet, ankles, and legs, so the orthotic can accommodate your unique foot structure and pathology. An orthotic is the best thing that you can do for your foot and ankle to prevent painful foot and ankle conditions.
Prescription orthotics are divided into two categories:
are designed to control abnormal motion. They may be used to treat foot pain caused by abnormal motion; they can also be used to treat injuries such as shin splints or tendinitis. Functional orthotics are usually crafted of a semi-rigid material such as plastic or graphite.
are softer and meant to provide additional cushioning and support. They can be used to treat diabetic foot ulcers, painful calluses on the bottom of the foot, and other uncomfortable conditions.
Orthotics and Biomechanics
Orthotics are prescription devices worn within shoes and/or sandals. Orthotics control the function of the foot and lower extremity to eliminate abnormal function and stress that causes pain and deformity.
Conditions treated by orthotics include:
- Heel pain: plantar fasciitis, heel spurs syndrome
- Neuroma: pinched, swollen nerve in the ball of the foot
- Capsulitis: pain beneath the metatarsal bones in the ball of the foot
- Pain and arthritis of the great toe joint
- Bunions, hammertoes, flat feet, and ankle pain
- Sesamoiditis: pain associated with the small bones beneath the ball of the foot near the base of the great toe
- Tendonitis of the foot or ankle
- Shin Splints
- Runner's knee
- Some gait-related hip and low back pains