Custom Orthotics & Braces
Our doctors have many different treatment options available for care for the foot and ankle. One of the most versatile options that can offer pain relief is a custom orthotic. Custom orthotics are crafted to work alongside your feet to target the issue causing your discomfort. We can also prescribe braces to address other conditions.
Types Of Custom Orthotics
Many different conditions and issues can benefit from treatment with orthotic devices. Not all orthotics work in the same way. There are two main categories:
Accodomative – These custom orthotics are designed to support targeted areas of the foot and provide extra cushioning. They are usually made of softer materials like leather, cork, or plastic foam. They tend to be prescribed for diabetic foot ulcers and other more delicate conditions and medical issues.
Functional – Functional orthotics are used to control abnormal biomechanical motion. They are made from more rigid materials than the accommodative orthotics. Usually, they are made from firm plastic or graphite. This kind of orthotic are not very flexible, which is important for restricting the motion of the foot that would otherwise cause pain or discomfort.
Conditions Treated With Custom Orthotics
Custom orthotics can be used to treat a wide variety of foot and ankle problems, including:
Bunions – Bunions can get worse if left untreated, but you can use orthotics to redirect pressure away from the affected toe joint.
Arch abnormalities – Both high and low arches can create issues for the foot and your pronation patterns. A custom orthotic can be used to correct this, and to redistribute pressure on the feet.
Calluses – Orthotics can be used to alleviate weight-bearing pressure for painful calluses on the ball of the foot.
Hallux rigidus – Also known as ‘stiff big toe’, orthotics can provide relief for this with rocker bottom soles and extension inlays.
Toe deformities – Similar to bunions, hammertoes and other deformities of the toe can be helped by orthotics to keep pressure off the affected area to make you more comfortable.
Neuropathic ulceration – This can be a major concern for diabetic individuals. Diabetes can lead to the development of uncomfortable foot ulcers, caused by excessive pressure. A cushioned orthotic can relieve some of that pressure and prevent further ulceration.
Plantar fasciitis – This is a very common source of pain in the heels which can be treated and prevented with a custom orthotic heel insert made from rubber or silicone.
There are many other conditions and injuries which can benefit from treatment with a custom orthotic or brace. For more information, contact our office to discuss your options.
Braces And Ankle Foot Orthoses.
Braces and Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFOs) are sometimes used to treat lower limb issues, and can also be used when treating cerebral palsy.
An AFO is a device that extends from below the knee to the foot. They can be used to maintain the alignment of your limbs, to control motion and to reduce instabilities. Plastic AFOs are often custom-fabricated to provide stable support, by enclosing the back of the calk and the bottom of the foot. These braces can be used to hold the ankle in a fixed position or to allow better support ankle movement, depending on the condition being treated. Usually, these braces can be worn with your normal shoes. For added comfort, wear the brace with knee socks with fit smoothly and comfort to the foot. This offers protection from pressure, bunching, binding and tightness caused by the AFO. Stay away from socks with inside seams or other ridges that can lead to discomfort and may rub the skin due to the pressure of the brace. Soft cotton socks and lace-up shoes are the most comfortable option to wear with a brace.
Conditions that can benefit from braces or AFOs are often neurological, such as multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy. Other conditions that can benefit from this kind of treatment include fractures, sprains, and arthritis. Sometimes patients being treated for stroke can also benefit from an AFO to improve stability while standing or walking. Braces and AFOs should be worn during the day with shoes to offer the best and most comfortable support.
Our qualified podiatrists can prescribe many different treatment methods to help with pain, discomfort or other foot and ankle conditions, including custom orthotics and braces. We can help you to overcome pain and to improve the functionality and range of motion in your lower body. If you are experiencing discomfort or pain in your feet or ankles, contact us to find out how we can help.