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Orthotics (or orthoses) refer to any device that you insert into your shoe to provide support. Whether you need to recover from an injury or are trying to prevent foot pain, the podiatrists at InStride Family Foot Care, which has locations in Albemarle, Concord, Matthews, Wake Forest, Gastonia, and Monroe, as well as two clinics in Charlotte, North Carolina, can provide custom-fitted orthotics. You can get fitted for your new set of orthotics by booking an evaluation through the website or by calling to speak with a team member by phone at any office.
Orthotics are shoe inserts that your podiatrist prescribes to correct an abnormal or irregular walking pattern, or to help you heal. Also known as arch supports, orthotics allow you to stand, walk, and run more efficiently and comfortably. Your podiatrist may recommend orthotics to:
You may also benefit from orthotics if you have ankle instability and are at risk of injury, like an ankle sprain.
InStride Family Foot Care provides premade over-the-counter orthotics, as well as custom orthotics. While over-the-counter orthotics may provide temporary relief if you have mild symptoms, they generally don’t help with chronic issues or injuries. Below are short descriptions of the three main types of orthotics available.
Rigid orthotics are made of a firm material like plastic or carbon fiber. They control abnormal motions due to faulty foot mechanics or injuries. Rigid orthotics can improve or eliminate strains, aches, and pains in your feet and ankles, as well as your legs, hips, and lower back.
Made of soft, cushioned materials, soft orthotics absorb shock, increase balance, and take pressure off uncomfortable or sore spots. These orthotics are highly effective for diabetic, arthritic, and deformed feet.
Semi-rigid orthotics provide balance for walking or participating in sports. They’re made of a soft material and are reinforced with more rigid materials. Semi-rigid orthotics are common solutions for children who have flat feet or intoeing disorders.
When you have your orthotics evaluation at InStride Family Foot Care, your podiatrist looks over your medical records and performs an exam. They talk with you about which type of orthotics you may need.
To design your custom-molded orthotics, your podiatrist either needs to gather digital images of your feet (digital mold), or make a plaster mold. They send your file to the lab to have your custom orthotics fabricated, a process that typically takes about 2-3 weeks.
InStride Family Foot Care provides all types of orthotic inserts. To get your custom set, book an evaluation online or over the phone with the clinic nearest you today.