Orthotics & Biomechanical Analysis
Doctor Specializing in Foot Conditions
Sometimes the simplest solutions can be the easiest to overlook. When it
comes to the feet, orthotics offer patients a simple and reliable method
of dealing with a wide range of foot problems. An orthotic is a special
insert, placed into your shoes, that is meant to encourage natural function
in the feet. Come to our office at Houston Foot Specialists to learn more!
What are Orthotics?
Orthotics are often misunderstood. We often find that arch supports and
shoe inserts fall into the same category. While there is a similarity
in the fact that they are all basically inserts that go inside your shoes
to help your feet feel better, they have some distinctive differences
that set them apart.
A basic arch support or shoe insert can be found at most pharmacies and
is generally a one-kind-suits-all type of support. These provide extra
cushioning and support your natural arch while standing and walking. Because
they are meant for the general public they likely will not support your needs.
It is when you step up to specialized supports that things change a bit.
These are custom-molded supports prescribed by a podiatrist that are unique
to your feet and yours alone. They are designed solely with your foot
structure and movement in mind. They are generally used to accommodate
present foot problems and/or control an abnormal or irregular walking pattern.
How Can These Custom Supports Help Me?
In the same way that a pair of glasses can improve your vision and give
you greater confidence in the way you see, these customizd supportes can
improve foot problems, resolve pain, and also bring more confidence in
your ability to carry out daily tasks and other activities. They make
it more comfortable to stand, walk, and even run. They absorb shock more
efficiently, improve your balance, and can help take pressure off any
sore spots on your feet.
We have used these inserts to help treat and prevent such problems as plantar
fasciitis, bunions, diabetic foot ulcers, tendonitis, bursitis, ankle
discomfort, arthritis, and heel pain. Depending on the nature and severity
of your symptoms, we may use one of three kinds: rigid, soft, or semi-rigid.
Rigid are firm in nature and designed to control the function of your
foot. Patients often find that rigid pairs also help alleviate aches and
pains in their legs and lower back.
Soft supports are made of cushioned materials and are great for those with
diabetic, arthritic or deformed foot structures. They take pressure off
of the foot, absorb shock during movement, and help with balance. Semi-rigid,
which have a combination of both soft and hard supports are helpful for
those with flat feet, high arches and athletes who want to stay healthy
Our process is simple. During your visit, our Houston foot specialist will
use a device to capture images of your feet. Based on these 3-D images,
we will be able to design an insert that will perfectly suit your foot
size and account for any abnormalities in its shape or positioning. Over
time, you will see a marked change in your gait and a decrease in foot
pain, among other positive benefits.
Call us at (713) 467-8886 to order your orthotic today!