Orthotics can help you walk better or more comfortably if you have an issue like flat feet or foot ulcers. At Cypress Foot & Ankle Center in Cypress, Texas, board-certified podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon Kunal Amin, DPM, offers orthotics based on your unique needs. Wearing orthotics every day can help you to avoid foot injuries and pain long term, so they make it easy to protect your feet. Click the booking tool or call the office to arrange your appointment today.
Orthotics are shoe inserts that can protect your foot and correct movement problems. Because they slide right into your shoe soles, orthotics are easy to wear and soon feel like a part of your shoes. To get the most from your orthotics, you wear them every day.
Orthotics treat many conditions in the feet and ankles, including:
Problems in your feet and ankles may reverberate, causing pain in other parts of your body like your legs and back. So by correcting foot and ankle issues, orthotics may also relieve back and leg pain.
The best orthotics for you depend on your foot or ankle problem. The two main types of orthotics treat very different problems.
As the term implies, accommodative orthotics accommodate foot issues so you can walk without endangering your foot health or risking an injury. They make walking more comfortable while protecting delicate or sore areas on your foot.
Some common reasons to need accommodative orthotics include diabetic foot ulcers and thin fat pads on the bottom of the feet.
Accommodative orthotics are soft but still firm enough to bear the weight of your foot easily. They may cover just one part of your shoe or the whole shoe.
Functional orthotics help control foot function (the way your foot moves). There are many reasons you might move abnormally or inefficiently, including bunions, arthritis, and flat feet.
Functional orthotics correct the unhealthy movement patterns, which in turn relieves your pain and other symptoms.
Generally, functional orthotics are rigid (hard and inflexible) and cover the entire sole of your shoe.
There are also hybrid orthotics, sometimes called semirigid orthotics, that include layers of soft and hard materials. Athletes often use semirigid orthotics to help them function more efficiently during sports.
At Cypress Foot & Ankle Center, Dr. Amin can skillfully evaluate your needs and prescribe the specific orthotic that works best. To book your orthotics evaluation, call the office or click on the online scheduling link today.