Your comfort is of the utmost importance at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland. Our team of podiatrists in Olney, Silver Spring, Kensington and Clinton, MD, are skilled at diagnosing problems that require the use of orthotics, which are devices worn on the feet and ankles to maintain comfort and regain control. Learn more about orthotics and how they could potentially help you in this post.
Derived from the Greek word meaning "to align," orthotics are devices that your Olney, Silver Spring, Kensington and Clinton podiatrist uses on the outside of the body (as opposed to surgically-implanted hardware) that help to modify the balance or alignment of an injured or weakened foot or ankle. Shoe inserts, orthopedic footwear and ankle braces are examples of orthoses that Dr. Goldberg prescribes for his patients.
Foot orthotics, also called shoe inserts, are used for a variety of foot problems: injuries, arthritic pain or daily comfort. Although there are "one-size-fits-all" inserts available for purchase at drugstores, custom made orthotics use your Olney, Silver Spring, Kensington and Clinton podiatrist's measurements and recommendations to provide the most accurate support. Diabetic shoes are designed to protect the feet from injuries that could lead to major complications due to the lack of circulation associated with diabetes.
If you've sprained or broken your ankle, a brace can be used to immobilize the area and allow for proper healing. If a limb is weakened from a previous injury, ankle braces can also be helpful. This type of orthotic can also be used to correct an abnormal gait that can cause nerve damage or muscle weakness.
Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland has convenient locations in Silver Spring, Olney, Kensington and Clinton, MD. If you think you have a foot or ankle-related problem that could benefit from orthotics, please contact the office closest to you to set up an appointment with one of our podiatrists today!