In order to correct an irregular, abnormal walking pattern, your podiatrist may turn to orthotics. Here at The Foot Specialty Practice, our foot doctors are qualified to prescribe and help you choose the right orthotics for all your feet problems. We are proud of our history of care for the people of Brooklyn, and are committed to exceptional quality of care for every patient.
Orthotic devices may come in a variety of sizes, materials and shapes, but they typically fall into three categories.
- Protective orthotics
- Orthotics used to change foot function
- Combination of protection and function orthotics
When the people of Brooklyn need orthotics from a qualified podiatrist they can trust to have their best interests in mind, they come to us at The Foot Specialty Practice.
Types of Orthotics
Primarily used for dress or walking shoes, rigid orthotics devices are used to control function. Most are made of some sort of firm material like carbon fiber or plastic. In order to make rigid orthotics, your Brooklyn podiatrist makes a mold from an image or plaster case of your foot. These orthotics are typically used to get rid of aches, pains and strains in the lower back, thighs and legs.
Typically made of cushioned, soft materials, soft orthotics are particularly effective at treating arthritic, diabetic or misshapen feet. These are usually worn right on the sole of the feet and extend from the ball of the foot to the heel. They are also made from a mold taken from an image or a plaster case, similar to rigid orthotics.
Semi-rigid orthotics are used in situations where better balance is needed for sports or walking. Usually, semi-rigid instruments are made from a softer material, are then reinforced with a more rigid material. These are most often used by athletes that need to decrease pain during competition and training.
We Can Help
Regardless of why you need custom orthotics, we are here to help. Our Brooklyn foot doctors can diagnose and treat any ailments of the feet that you deal with. Call us today at (718) 345-3450 to learn more about how we can limit or eliminate your foot pain and discomfort.