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Different Types of Custom Orthotics

Orthotics are available in various types, each designed to address specific foot issues and provide optimal support. The five most common types of orthotics are functional or rigid, soft or accommodative, orthotics for fragile feet, orthotics for sensitive feet, and sports-specific orthotics. Functional or rigid orthotics are made from firm materials like plastic or carbon fiber, and they correct abnormal foot motion, providing stability and relieving pain in the legs, thighs, and lower back. Soft or accommodative orthotics are crafted from cushioned materials to absorb shock and alleviate pressure, making them ideal for individuals with diabetes or arthritis. Orthotics for fragile feet are designed for those with weakened or compromised foot structures, offering gentle support and protection. Sensitive orthotics cater to those with hypersensitive feet, providing comfort without irritation. Additionally, sports-specific orthotics are tailored for athletes, enhancing performance by improving alignment and reducing the risk of injury. Custom-made orthotics are the best option, as they fit an individual's unique foot structure and needs. Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an assessment of your condition and a recommendation for a suitable orthotic type for you.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Health Center. Our doctors 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 Rogers and Berryville, AR . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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