Custom orthotics are shoe inserts that help realign the foot to function in a more efficient position by relying on precision contour to control the foot mechanics so there is less arch pressure unlike an off-the-shelf arch support. Orthotics allow people to stand, walk, and run more efficiently and comfortably.
At the Ankle & Foot Clinic of Everett we prescribe orthotic devices to control abnormal walking patterns, to slow the progression of conditions such as bunions or flatfoot, and often for patients following surgery.
There are various orthotic styles and materials available. Our goal is to make devices out of the best possible materials so they will last as long as possible without losing their shape and correction.
The functional orthotic device is designed to balance the foot and control function, is often composed of a durable material such as polyproylene plastic or carbon fiber, and is used primarily for walking, running, or work shoes. Such orthotics are made from a plaster cast of the foot.
Custom orthotics are designed to redistribute the body weight across the entire foot and control motion in the mid arch and joint below the ankle (subtalar joint). These devices are an important clinical tool to treat: tendonitis, flatfeet, bunions, hallux limitus, plantar fasciitis, medial knee pain (runners knee), shin splints, and high arch feet (cavus foot).
Soft orthotics are devices used to reduce high pressure areas on the foot by absorbing shock and redistributing the pressure across the whole foot. These devices are commmonly prescribed for rigid feet that cannot be realigned with a functional device or diabetic feet that are prone to pressure sore development. Since these devices are shock absorbling by design and are less durable, the will need to be replaced more frequently than functional orthotics.
These are functional orthotics with more cushion built into the device to protect the foot and at times provide extra padding or correction to the ball of the foot. Sometimes, different sports call for different kinds of orthotic design. The typical sports orthotic is made up of layers of soft material, reinforced with more rigid materials.
Children are sometimes given orthotics to treat flatfoot or walking disorders such as in-toeing or out-toeing. These devices are intended to help protect the foot and leg during growth and development of the bones and joints.
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