Orthotics are shoe inserts that correct abnormal biomechanics in the feet which can lead to irregular, walking patterns and foot pain. also called arch supports, orthotics allow people to stand, walk, and run more efficiently and comfortably. Podiatrists sometimes prescribe orthotic devices to correct an abnormal walk or gait, and often for patients following surgery.

Orthotics are only manufactured after a podiatrist has conducted a complete evaluation of your feet, ankles, and legs, so the orthotic can accommodate your unique foot structure and pathology. Orthotic devices come in many shapes, sizes, and materials.An orthotic from Kalmar Family Podiatry falls into three main categories: those designed to change foot function, ones that are primarily protective in nature, and those that combine functional control and protection. While over-the-counter orthotic inserts help people with mild symptoms, they normally cannot correct the wide range of symptoms that prescription foot orthoses can since they are made to fit for each individuals needs and correct pathology.

Rigid orthotics aka Supportive Orthotics:

The rigid supportive orthotic device, designed to control function, is often composed of a firm material such as plastic or carbon fiber and is used primarily for walking or dress shoes. Such orthotics are made with a 3D laser scan of the foot and customizations deemed necessary for your specific foot by the doctor.

Rigid orthotics control motion in two major foot joints that lie directly below the ankle joint and may improve or eliminate strains, aches, and pains in the legs, thighs, and lower back.

Soft Orthotics aka Accommodative Orthotics:

Soft accommodative orthotics usually absorb shock, increase balance, and take pressure off uncomfortable or sore spots. They are typically made up of soft, cushy materials. Soft orthoses also are worn against the sole of the foot, extending from the heel past the ball of the foot, including the toes. These too are made with a 3d laser scan of the foot and customizations deemed necessary for your specific foot by the doctor.

Soft orthoses are usually effective for the diabetic foot, arthritis, Charcot foot, painful plantar lesions, and chronic wound care.

Semi-Rigid Orthotics:

Semi-rigid orthotics provides foot balance for walking or participating in sports. Sometimes, different sports call for different kinds of semi-rigid orthotics. The typical semi-rigid orthotic is made up of layers of soft material, reinforced with more rigid materials.

Gait Plates and Children’s Orthotics:

Children are primarily given orthosis or gait plates for 3 main reasons.To treat flatfoot, intoeing or outtoeing disorders. Athletes often are given orthoses to mitigate pain while they train and compete.

3D Scanner:

The information gathered during the exam will help your podiatrist determine if shoe inserts might be helpful or if you need prescription orthotics. If orthotics are needed, your favorite podiatrist at Kalmar Family Podiatry will capture a three-dimensional image of each foot. Those images, as well as any measurements obtained by your podiatrist, are used to create a set of unique foot supports that will improve your foot movement and lead to more comfort and mobility. Your podiatrist might also suggest additional treatments to improve the comfort and function of your feet.


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