ORTHOTICS are shoe inserts designed to support the feet and are used to treat a wide variety of problems, including heel pain, plantar fasciitis, arthritis and flat feet.
Prescription custom foot orthotics match the contours of your feet precisely and can be divided into two categories:
○ FUNCTIONAL orthotics are designed to control abnormal motion and in the treatment of injuries. They are usually crafted of a rigid or semi-rigid material such as plastic, fiberglass, or graphite.
○ ACCOMMODATIVE orthotics are softer and provide additional cushioning and shock-absorption. They can be used to prevent and cure diabetic foot ulcers and painful calluses on the bottom of the foot.
Many prescription custom orthotics incorporate both soft (cushion) and firm (supportive) components, support the foot better and last long than less expensive off-the-shelf inserts, and are often reimbursed by health insurance. A three-dimensional mold of each foot plus biomechanical measurements are used to create these custom foot supports.
If the deformity is severe, an ANKLE-FOOT ORTHOTIC (AFO) may be needed. These braces are also available in custom and noncustom versions.
Podiatrists are able to assess which orthotic is best for you and advise which shoe type will work properly with the orthotic, to improve foot function and provide greater comfort.
Orthotics should be professionally inspected periodically to verify that they are still appropriate and effective. For specific questions related to your feet or those of a loved one, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Steven Miller by calling (847) 675-3400 or clicking here.