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By Clark Podiatry Center
August 13, 2015
Category: Orthotics
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Shoe companies love your feet.  They make shoes with memory foam, springs and even air.  When you’ve tried them all and still feel foot pain, you're ready to think about shoe inserts.

Shoe inserts, or orthotics, are supports that are worn inside a shoe to help alleviate discomfort and provide support for your arches.  However, if there is an underlying cause to your foot and ankle pain, you may need a custom orthotic device. Custom orthotics are molded to the unique structure of your foot and are designed for the way you move to ensure more accurate support and correction.

Orthotics can help with the treatment of a number of conditions, including plantar fasciitis or heel pain, tendonitis, foot ulcerations, bunions, rheumatoid arthritis, recurrent ankle sprains or stress fractures, and many other common conditions.

There are two main types of orthotics:

  • Functional orthotics - designed to control or correct abnormal foot function.  The motion of the two major foot joints directly below the ankle joint is controlled by the orthotic. These inserts are made of flexible, semi-rigid or rigid plastic or graphite materials, which are durable and thin and will easily fit into standard shoe types.  However, they are firm and do not offer much cushioning.
  • Accommodative orthotics  - these are softer and designed to provide additional support and cushioning to relieve pressure for painful conditions such as a diabetic foot ulcers and calluses.  The materials used for these inserts are cork, leather, plastic foams and rubber.  They are flexible and can easily be adjusted for a more comfortable shape, although they can be bulky, less durable and frequently need adjustments to work properly.

Here at Clark Podiatry Center, our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon A. Macy, will examine your feet and ankles to look for biomechanical problems and other foot issues. If a custom-fit orthotic is deemed necessary, Dr. Macy will use video gait analysis and 3-D digital scanning to get the most accurate 3-dimensional model of your feet.  We also have a pedorthist at our Union County and Westfield area location for your shoe modification needs. After a full and thorough examination, Dr. Macy will be able to determine what type of orthotic will be best for you. If you think you may benefit from custom orthotics or if you have any other foot or ankle issues, call our Clark office today for an appointment at 732-382-3470 or use our online appointment request.

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