What Are Orthotics?

When you walk do you feel any discomfort or pain? As you walk, your heel tends to swing slightly from side to side, which is normal, but if your heel swings too far, your foot may be over-pronating, or flattening too much. If this occurs, you may need to visit our podiatrist in Puyallup for a careful evaluation of your symptoms. In some cases, all you may need custom-made orthotics for further protection of your feet.

Over time your feet may develop symptoms in which they may change shape or develop pain when you walk. Custom-made orthotics from our Puyallup office are medical devices that support and gently reposition your heel, arch, muscles, etc. The orthotics enable the structures of your feet to work together. Unlike over-the-counter shoe inserts, custom-made orthotics are specifically made for you, built from molds of your feet. With custom-made orthotics in Puyallup, you can relieve many different types of foot pain including heel pain, plantar fasciitis, arch pain, diabetes pain and many other kinds of foot pain.

What are Orthotics?

Orthotics are shoe inserts that are used to correct an abnormal, or irregular, walking pattern. Not only are these used for arch support, but also for several other features, depending on the source of pain in your feet. By having orthotics standing, walking and running are more comfortable through altering the angles at which the foot strikes a surface.

We can prescribe orthotics for your feet as a conservative approach to many foot ailments or simply as a method of control after foot surgery. There are three different kinds of orthotics that can be used for your feet: rigid, soft and semi-rigid. Each is concerned with improving the functionality of your feet, minimizing the stress forces that could potentially cause pain or deformity.

Rigid Orthotics – With this type of orthotic, the material used tends to be firm such as plastic or carbon fiber. The primary use of rigid orthotics is for walking or to wear in dress shoes.

Soft Orthotics – Soft orthotics help to absorb shock, increase balance and take pressure off of uncomfortable or sore spots in your feet. Typically constructed of soft, compressible materials, soft orthotics can be molded by the action of the foot by walking or formed over an impression of your foot.

Semi-rigid Orthotics – This last type of orthotics provides for extreme balance of the foot while walking or participating in sports, significantly aiding in an athlete’s performance.

If you are exhibiting foot pain or instability, a consultation with our podiatrist will be needed in order to provide you with accurate foot care. After an evaluation of your foot, we can use an advanced foot scanning system to manufacture your individualized orthotic device to protect your feet.

Custom-made orthotics from our Puyallup podiatrist can help to relieve your chronic foot pain by supporting the bone structures of your feet.

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