Carnegie Mellon University assistant professor of robotics Yong-Lae Park and other collaborators from Harvard University, the University of Southern California, MIT, and BioSensics have developed an active orthotic that can replicate natural motions in the ankle. The robotic device would aid people affected by neuromuscular disorders of the foot and ankle associated with cerebral palsy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis or stroke. Such gait disorders include drop foot, where the forefoot drops because of weakness or paralysis, and equinus, where the upward bending motion of the ankle is limited.
Foot orthotics are especially useful in helping with the rehabilitation of the feet. If you’d like to learn more, speak to one of our podiatrists from Foot Health Podiatry. Our doctors will help you determine if orthotics are right for you and your foot needs.
What are Orthotics?
Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain, but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.
Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct over arched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.
If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you, or if you have a more severe foot issue, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and more severe heel pain, and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.
If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist on the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain free.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.