Orthotics reduce pain and prevent foot conditions from progressing. While adjustments may be made, the trickiest part is determining what kind truly works for your unique situation.
There are three broad categories of orthotics. The first category of orthotics primarily optimizes foot functions; the second category primarily protects your feet; and the third category contains orthotics which both optimize and protect. You may also distinguish between rigid, semirigid and soft orthotics.
Rigid orthotics control motion in two major foot joints. They are often made of plastic or carbon fiber and can be used for a longer period.
Semirigid orthotics help maintain your balance by supporting muscles, joints and tendons. They usually consist of a soft layer of material which is reinforced with rigid orthotic elements. Semirigid orthotics are often used by athletes.
Soft orthotics improve absorption from shock and take pressure off of painful areas caused by arthritis, diabetes and other conditions. This type of orthotic pads certain areas, which is why they are made of compressible materials requiring more space in your shoes.
Incorrectly fitted orthotics may not only be inefficient, but they may also cause other conditions to emerge or worsen. We strongly recommend consulting with a qualified podiatrist like Dr. Smith to avoid injuries and costly readjustments. One visit may do the trick and set you up with the perfect orthotics for years to come. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our office team with any questions.