When treating foot and ankle conditions, foot care specialists will often prescribe orthotics to place in your shoes as a first measure. Orthotics, especially custom-made ones, can offer pain relief from hammertoe, plantar fasciitis, flat foot, high arches, bunions, and diabetic foot ulcers.
Types of Orthotics
The generic ones that you see at the store are referred to as shoe inserts:
- Heel liners provide extra cushioning in the heel area.
- Arch supports have exaggerated arches for those who have high or low arches.
- Insoles provide extra support and cushioning for the entire foot.
- Foot pads can be used to prevent blisters, or provide cushioning against bunions or other areas of the foot.
Custom Orthotics are ones that are specially made to fit your foot shape and condition. A podiatry office like Houston Foot & Ankle Care has advanced technology to analyze your gait and foot shape to create a unique orthotic.
- Functional orthotics help address pain that is caused by abnormal movements or injuries. These are usually made of a stiffer material to provide more support.
- Accommodative orthotics are softer and help those who have conditions like diabetes, who may be suffering from plantar calluses or ulcers.
- Ankle foot orthotics like the Moore Balance Brace helps patients at risk for falling by maximizing balance in the ankle and foot.
- Provides pain relief without drastic treatment
- Gives your foot extra support in the arches, heels, and forefoot
- Prevents ulcers, calluses and other injuries in diabetic patients
- Improves foot function to prevent further injury and pain
- Prevents falling and tripping in older patients
Sometimes, the use of orthotics is enough to treat a podiatric condition. Other times it may need to be combined with physical therapy or other treatments. Whether it’s a sports injury, nail fungus, heel pain, or a nerve-related issue, Dr. Gabriel Maislos of Houston Foot & Ankle Care is board-certified, qualified, and experienced to help you through all of your foot and ankle problems. Contact us or call us at (713) 541-3199 today to schedule an appointment at our modern office located in Southwest Houston!