Of course, you'd like to avoid surgery, but what can help your foot condition in a comfortable, non-invasive way? At Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, Drs. Frank, Goldberg, and Lowy often recommend custom-made orthotics, or shoe inserts. Crafted according to plaster casts of your feet, orthotics fit right inside your shoes, providing the support and protection you need to stand, walk and run comfortably and without pain and injury. Could orthotics in Silver Spring, MD, help you? Read the details here to find out more.
Who needs orthotics?
The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society says many people do. Adults, teens and even children who have foot deformities, such as bunions, flat feet, or hammertoes, benefit from the stability, cushioning and protection orthotics provide.
Individuals with gait issues, such as toeing-in or toeing-out and overpronation (foot rolls inward and flattens the arch), may benefit as well as orthotics relieve undue pressure and subsequent inflammation. Diabetics and people with arthritis need special consideration for foot ulcers, pressure points and deteriorating joints.
In addition, people who are on their feet a lot throughout the day because of their occupations find orthotics relieve pressure on the lower back. Athletes, as well, use them to cushion the heels and base of the toes from the stresses of repetitive motion (as with running, tennis and dancing).
Kinds of orthotics
During a complete podiatric examination and X-ray imaging, your podiatrist will determine if and what kind of orthotics are right for your foot structure, health conditions and lifestyle. He uses plaster molds to cast accurate impressions of the feet so construction of the orthotics is precise.
Regarding materials, there basically are three kinds:
- Soft, which provide optimal cushioning for diabetics
- Rigid, usually constructed of acrylic or carbon, and provide stability for the foot and ankle
- Semi-rigid, a combination of materials, and best for people with balance and gait issues and for athletes
The quality shows
Because your foot doctor customizes orthotics in Silver Spring, they likely will last you five to ten years or more. Plus, as your podiatric needs change, the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland are there to answer questions, make adjustments and ensure your best foot and ankle health and function.
If you want happier feet and ankles and avoid more complex therapies, call one of our convenient offices to arrange a consultation. In Olney, call (301) 924-5044. In Silver Spring, MD, phone (301) 439-0300, and in Clinton, call (301) 868-7670. For the Kensington area, phone (301) 942-8110.