At Affiliated Foot and Ankle Center we see a variety foot and ankle conditions which is cause by biomechanical etiology. The term biomechanical mean that the misaligned joints can cause pain in the foot and ankle as well as stress in the lower back, hips, and knees.
Here at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Center once the patient is evaluated and it is determined that the patient is a candidate for a device called a prescription or orthotic, we will prescribe this device which is inserted into the shoe. It will bring the misaligned joints back into alignment and help relieve the pain in the foot and ankle. As well as help relieve the stress in the lower back, hips, and knees. Foot pain is not normal and if you are experiencing any pain at this time please feel free to call our office and consult with one of our doctors to determine if you are a candidate for orthotics.
What is an Orthotic?
Orthotics are custom made devices manufactured from many types of materials. They fit inside your own shoes, and are worn on a full time basis. Orthotics help to control the way your foot functions. There are many types of orthotic devices. Advances in technology enable your podiatrist to prescribe a device specific to the activities that you participate in the most. From walking to running, or aerobics to basketball, orthotics can help you perform at peak efficiency. Professional orthotics are made from impressions of your feet. The devices are custom made for your feet only. Just as contact lense or glasses improve vision, orthotics will help your podiatrist improve your foot functions.
What does Biomechanical Orthotics mean?
Biomechanics involves the sutdy of body in motion. Biomechanical orthotics are prescription inserts made from neutral foot position casts. The prescribing practitioner sends the casts and clinical information to a professional orthotics laboratory, where an evaluation specialist reviews the casts and prescription. A staff doctor oversees the evalutaion in the form of a "second opinion." Then a producation clinician takes responsibility for fabrication and quality control of the individual prescription. The fabricated orthotics are send to the doctor to dispense with instructions to the patient. Orthotic Treatment may be combined with other forms of treatment, such as injections, medications, physical therapy or surgery.
Is There More Than One Type of Orthotic?
Because we are born with different foot types, and because we engage in different occupations and activities, there are specific types of orthotics for individual patients. Orthotics may be used with children, adults, athletes, edlerly patients and, very often, with patients following surgery or injury. Orthotics may be rigid, semi-rigid or soft (flexible).
How Long will I need to Wear Orthotics and How Long do they Last?
Orthotics may require a gradual break-in period. They are worn in 95% of all walking or standing activities. You will probably need to wear orthotics indefinitely, depending upon your activities. You may need periodic changes in your prescription as your foot function changes.
Will I Need More Than One Pair of Orthotics?
There are patients who may need one pair for work and one pair for recreation. Women who wear different heel heights may require an additional pair. Your podiatrist may recommend more than one pair, depending on your individual ne ed.