Orthotics are prescription medical devices that are custom made for each patient’s foot. They are useful for a number of foot conditions, so if you’re experiencing foot pain, consult experienced foot and ankle surgeon, Christopher O. Cook, DPM, FACFAS, at the San Juan Foot and Ankle Center in Montrose or Delta, Colorado, to get an accurate diagnosis and receive the most appropriate treatment for your condition. If you’ve been using shoe inserts or arch supports for foot pain but are still experiencing symptoms, you need to have an expert assessment to determine the source of the problem and find a solution. Call the San Juan Foot and Ankle Center today or book an appointment online.
Orthotics are custom-molded foot supports that are shaped to fit each individual foot and accommodate or off-load a problem area. They also help with mobility issues caused by mechanical misalignment in the structure of the foot. Prescription orthotics are superior to off-the-shelf shoe inserts and arch supports because orthotics fit the precise contours needed to address your foot problem.
Gel, foam, or plastic inserts and supports fit into standard size shoes and give extra support under arches, around toes and heels, or for the whole foot. However, because they aren’t custom made in the way orthotics are, they can only provide help with discomfort rather than correcting foot problems.
Orthotics provide support for mechanically derived conditions and help support and align the lower leg. Orthotic support and alignment helps correct problems you may have with running, walking, and standing.
Several painful foot conditions are helped by the use of orthotics, including:
Orthotics are also useful if surgery is required but needs delaying for any reason and in children whose bones need time to mature.
When you attend an appointment at San Juan Foot and Ankle Center, Dr. Cook assesses your feet using three-dimensional imaging techniques, in addition to examining your feet and the way you move. If they decide orthotics would help your condition, they’ll then make a mold of your feet, which requires the expert knowledge of a skilled foot and ankle surgeon.
Your surgeon takes a laser scan or uses a foam box or plaster cast to make a replica of your foot, which is then used to form the custom orthotics. The foot and ankle surgeon adjusts the shape of the orthotics to provide the support where you need it, without affecting the other parts of your foot.
Rigid, or functional, orthotics are composed of plastics or carbon fiber, and are best for aching feet and legs, or lower back pain. Soft or accommodative orthotics are formed of materials that offer a more cushioning effect and are best for painful feet problems such as plantar fasciitis and diabetic ulcers. Orthotics can be worn in your shoes, although you might need prescription footwear if your orthotics are particularly bulky.
If foot pain is blighting your life, you’ll find the answers to your problems at San Juan Foot and Ankle Center. With their on-site scanning facilities and their experience in custom orthotics, Dr. Cook is ideally qualified to find solutions to your foot problems. Call the clinic or book an appointment online today.