Foot orthotics can be extremely useful for treating a variety of foot problems, including plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis, sometimes called “heel spurs,” is a painful condition involving a tear or inflammation of the muscle tissue in the heel. Wearing orthotics can reduce the amount of force pressing against that area of the foot and consequently lower one’s chance of getting heel spurs.
Though they are typically effective at protecting the lower extremities, it is best to check with your doctor first before spending the time and money needed to acquire any kind of insoles.
Foot and ankle orthotics can be effective ways of dealing with many biomechanics-related podiatric conditions. They can often be specially designed to treat whatever problem you may be experiencing as efficiently and comfortably as possible. If you are interested in trying orthotics, call podiatrist Dr. Sorelis Jiménez, DPM of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez will evaluate what type of insoles would be best for you based on your specific situation.
What are Ankle Foot Orthotics?
Orthotics are physical aids used to support weak limbs or direct the proper function of limbs. Often they are used to support the ankle and foot. Such orthotics are known as AFOs. AFOs help strengthen the muscles or train them to function in the proper position. AFOs can also benefit muscles that need to be lengthened or loosened.
Why might you need orthotics?
Orthotics are often prescribed when someone is suffering from diseases that affect the musculature, like polio and multiple sclerosis. However, more common conditions like arthritis and stroke, or those that “toe in”, may also require orthotics.
Modern orthotics have improved dramatically from the metal braces of previous years. Many of today’s orthotics are made of lightweight plastics and other advanced materials to provide new levels of comfort and support. Often the orthosis is designed in a rigid L shape that is contoured to the calf and flesh colored.
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