If you suffer from any foot or ankle pain, wearing an orthotic device could be the solution you need. Orthotics align, balance, and relieve pressure to promote healing and prevent injury. F. Keith Nebeker, DPM, provides expert prescription orthotics to his patients in Reno, Nevada. To schedule an orthotics consultation, call the office or schedule an appointment online.
Orthotics, also known as orthoses, are devices worn inside of shoes to correct problems with the feet or ankles. Orthotic devices range from simple shoe inserts you can find in a store to specialized prescription devices to custom-made braces, foot pads, and inserts.
Orthotics are used to align the feet and ankles and maintain balance while you walk, run, and stand. Orthotics are helpful for many different conditions. They distribute weight away from a painful area and, in some cases, correct muscular imbalances that are the root cause of pain.
Conditions orthotics help include:
Over-the-counter orthotics can only help very mild foot problems. For moderate to severe issues, prescription orthotics are needed to reach optimal foot health and comfort.
Whether your orthotics are temporary or a long-term solution depends on your condition. In the case of injury and some imbalances, you may only need your orthotics for a few months.
The majority of orthotics, however, are recommended for ongoing use. Generally, orthotics can correct your condition while you wear them, but they can’t heal your condition on their own.
There are many kinds of orthotics, but most fall into one of these three categories:
Foot pads cushion an area of the foot to limit pressure and friction from causing pain or injury. Prescription-quality pads are designed to fit specific areas perfectly, so they’re usually more effective than over-the-counter pads.
As the name suggests, these fit inside of your shoes to cradle your foot and redistribute your weight. Inserts can be soft or firm, with support at specific points to keep the foot in its optimal position. Custom inserts are molded to conform to your foot for maximum stabilization.
Braces support and align the joints, most commonly the ankle. Most braces can be opened to insert your foot, then tighten snuggly for maximum support. You can usually wear your shoe over your orthotic ankle brace.
If you need orthotics, Dr. Nebeker discusses all options with you so that you can make an informed choice. To learn more, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.