Orthotics have a few different names – you may hear them called orthotic devices, orthoses, orthotic inserts, or, more simply, shoe inserts. No matter the exact name, they are designed to correct a number of structural problems of the feet or ankles, offering extra support exactly where it’s needed.
What Orthotics Do
Before resorting to more invasive measures, podiatrists often turn to orthotics as the first order of conservative treatment for a large number of foot disorders. The conditions that orthotics can help include, but are not at all limited to:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Hallux limitus and hallux rigidus
- Overpronation or underpronation
In diagnosing various deformities, misalignments, or strains of the muscles or ligaments of the foot, Dr. Michael L. Rosenberg and Dr. Heidi M. Christie, the podiatrists at Montgomery Foot Care Specialists, might recommend orthotic inserts that are custom-made specifically for your foot. An impression of your foot is taken in a plaster cast, which is then used to create a device that you wear in your shoe.
There are a couple of advantages to wearing custom orthotics: because they are unique to your foot, they’ll fit you precisely, and they’ll last longer than the over-the-counter variety.
You can purchase orthotics in stores that sell sporting goods and in drug stores, without the need for a plaster cast or a prescription. The advantages: they are a less-expensive alternative that you may want to try before going the more expensive route. If one doesn’t quite work for you, you can try a different brand or variety without spending a lot of money.
Deciding what kind of orthotics you need
Dr. Rosenberg and Dr. Christie are best qualified to advise you about what kind or orthotic inserts can help your specific problem. Call our Montgomery, AL office at (334) 396-3668, or make an appointment online. Our staff is here to help you improve the overall function of your feet with an expert exam and a recommendation for the best orthotic devices for you.