What are Orthotics?
Orthotics are a medical device prescribed by a podiatrist. They can be prescribed as part of a treatment plan to treat medical conditions, and foot issues, and to enhance performance in a sport.
Conditions Treated With Orthotics
Orthotics can help treat a wide range of medical concerns affecting your feet including diabetic neuropathy, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, plantar fasciitis, bunions, and hammertoes. Orthotics can help realign your feet and the way you walk, correcting issues like overpronation and ankle instability. Orthotics can also help if you are active. They provide support and cushion to protect your feet while playing tennis, basketball, running, jogging, or participating in other activities with a high degree of foot stress.
Benefits of Orthotics
Orthotics provide a wide range of benefits including supporting your feet, easing foot, toe, leg, and back pain, and correcting gait or foot alignment issues.
How Orthotics are Made
Orthotics are customized to your feet. Casts, impressions, or scans are made of your feet. The orthotics are created from precise measurements, to fit your feet exactly.
Types of Orthotics
There are three main types of orthotics, classified by the materials used to make them:
Rigid orthotics, which are made entirely of rigid materials, can help relieve joint or tendon strain, and provide strong support for your feet, legs, and lower back.
Semi-rigid orthotics, which are made of a combination of soft and rigid materials, can provide protection and support for joggers, walkers, runners, and sports enthusiasts.
Soft orthotics, which are made entirely of soft materials, can provide relief for diabetic neuropathy, support for arthritis, and help with balance.
Want To Know More About Orthotics?
To find out more about types of orthotics and how they can help you, call Dr. Matthew Ward and Dr. Christian Haight at Marietta Podiatry Group in Marietta, GA. You can reach them in the office by calling (770) 422-9856, so call today.