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What Are Orthotics And How Do They Work?

Orthotics
Your feet are very important in your daily activities. They do lots of things throughout the day:provide a sturdy foundation, walk, run, a lot of heavy lifting, climbing stairs, and more! Many people deal with biomechanical problems in their feet due to various conditions like flat feet, high arches, or other abnormalities and deformities. A podiatrist can provide a patient with custom orthotics to support your feet and prevent foot, ankle, and leg pain as well as other common problems.
What are orthotics?
Orthotics are specialized shoe inserts. They are different from the ones you would see in your local drugstore. They are special, custom-made inserts that are designed to be placed inside your shoes to fit your foot and the needs it may have (i.e. arch support, metatarsal support). There are various reasons they may be recommended; to relieve symptoms and improve foot, ankle, leg or even back issues. Other times, they may be recommended to support and prevent problems from even occurring in the first place!
Do I need custom orthotics?
Orthotics are one way to treat foot and leg problems and Dr. Sadoughi may recommend orthotics if you are dealing with,
  • Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Leg, hip, or back pain
  • Bursitis
  • Flat feet
  • High arches
  • Tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bunions
  • Diabetes
  • Hammertoes
  • Certain injuries to the foot or ankle
Orthotics are typically not the only treatment option, but they are often recommended as they are one of the least invasive options for treatment. Along with orthotics, Dr. Sadoughi may prescribe other treatment options like stretching, pain-relieving medication, bracing, taping, icing/heating, or compression.
Orthotics can help people of all ages and lifestyles, from athletic children to adults and seniors. Your feet continue to change as we get older and it is important to treat them well.
Types of Orthotics
There are many types of materials that are used to create custom orthotics. Orthotics range from soft/flexible to hard/rigid. Sometimes a softer material is used for diabetics while a child with flat feet may benefit from a more rigid orthotic. The type of condition you are dealing with will help determine which material may be used for your custom orthotics!
If you are interested in orthotics and how they could help you, be sure to schedule your consultation to learn more.

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