- Customized products to correct your foot problems.
If your foot pain is caused by abnormal walking (gait) patterns, you will likely be prescribed orthotics. These orthotic shoe inserts help you stand, walk and run more comfortably. They are also helpful to people recovering from surgery. Orthotic devices come in various shapes, sizes and materials. They are customized to your condition using state-of-the-art computer-generated design to improve your foot function and increase protection. There are three types of orthotics: rigid, soft and semi-rigid.
- Rigid orthotics.
These control foot function and are made of firm materials like plastic or carbon fiber. They are usually made for dress or walking shoes and are based on an exact mold of your foot. Rigid orthotics direct the motion of the two major foot joints and bones located directly under your ankle joint, reducing or eliminating the strains and pains in your legs.
- Soft orthotics.
These are made of soft, cushioned materials. They absorb shock, take pressure off sore spots and improve balance. Soft orthotics are usually prescribed for people who suffer from diabetes, arthritis and deformed feet.
- Semi-rigid orthotics.
These provide foot balance, especially in sports. Semi-rigid orthotics offers support for walking, running and a variety of sports. They are made from soft materials layered with rigid materials. They are often prescribed to children who are flatfooted or have in-toeing or out-toeing disorders. Athletes also use them to alleviate pain.
Over-the-counter orthotics may help some people, but no two human feet are shaped and sized exactly alike. Orthotics can only provide true relief when they are made with the right materials for your condition and molded exactly to your foot.