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Process for Fitting Orthotics
By Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland
January 12, 2015
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Orthotics  

The majority of foot ailments can be cured or relieved by simply wearing a better shoe. That is why podiatrists often prescribe orthotics to patients who have problems with foot pain or injury. The foot inserts and orthopedic shoes you might find at a store aren’t always the best solution, so you need to be fit for a custom orthotic. Learn a bit about the process for fitting orthotics in advance of your next appointment with Olney orthotics Dr. Marc Goldberg, DPM.

Purpose of Orthotics
The purpose of an orthotic device is to relieve pain and aid in the healing of many common foot-related problems. Orthotics work Orthoticsby modifying the way that you walk and giving you comfort. The more you wear the device, the more your foot health and function improves.

Custom Orthotics
There are a variety of different orthotic devices available from Olney orthotics Dr. Goldberg, including arch supports, soft inserts and in some cases fully formed orthopedic shoes. They fall into three main categories:

- Soft orthotics (made to help you balance and relieve pressure in sore areas)
- Rigid orthotics (control the function of your feet).
- Semi-rigid orthotics (ideal for athletes who need to manage foot pain and stay balanced while competing).

The Fitting Appointment for Orthotics
Custom orthotic devices require a mold of your foot to be created and then an appointment for a fitting. First, Dr. Goldberg checks your favorite pair of shoes (the ones you’re most likely to wear every day). It has to be modified to accept the orthotic device. Next the custom orthotic is added to the shoe and you’ll be asked to walk around wearing it to ensure a comfortable fit. In some cases the podiatrist can use heat molding to adjust the orthotic as needed. Over the next few days you’ll fully adjust to the fit of the device.

Let Dr. Goldberg Make Your Feet Happy Again
Better feet are just a call away if you’re in the Olney, Silver Spring, Clinton or Crofton areas. Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland have conveniently located offices in these four locations. Call Olney orthotics Dr. Goldberg at (301) 924-5044 to set up an appointment for fitting you with orthotics today, or visit http://www.marylandfeet.com/ for more information.

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