Orthotics, also known as orthoses,
refers to any device inserted into a shoe, ranging from felt pads to
custom-made shoe inserts that correct an abnormal or irregular, walking
Sometimes called arch supports, orthotics allow people to stand,
walk, and run more efficiently and comfortably. While over-the-counter orthotic
are available and may help people with mild symptoms, they normally cannot
correct the wide range of symptoms that prescription foot orthoses can since
they are not custom made to fit an individual's unique foot structure.
Rigid orthotic devices are designed
to control function and are used primarily for walking or dress shoes. They are
often composed of a firm material, such as plastic or carbon fiber.
Soft orthotics are generally used
to absorb shock, increase balance, and take pressure off uncomfortable or sore
spots. They are usually effective for diabetic, arthritic, and deformed feet.
Semi-rigid orthotics provide foot
balance for walking or participating in sports. The typical semi-rigid orthotic
is made up of layers of soft material, reinforced with more rigid materials.
Semi-rigid orthotics are often prescribed for children to treat flatfoot and in-toeing
disorders. These orthotics are also used to help athletes
mitigate pain while they train and compete.
can be used to help treat foot and ankle conditions such as…
- Flat foot
- High arched foot
- Foot and Ankle arthritis
- Foot and Ankle Pain