Foot and Ankle Orthotics

Flat feet or high arches make it difficult to find comfortable shoes or even walk with ease. Structural foot and ankle issues are not only problems in and of themselves, but they can also lead to additional foot and ankle problems. The most common treatment to correct foot and ankle alignment issues is using orthotics.

The word orthotics comes from the Greek meaning “to straighten” or “align.”

Feet and ankle orthotics will modify the functional and structural characteristics of a patient’s skeletal and muscular system into the corrected alignment. At Advanced Foot & Ankle Center, our orthotic specialists can provide or prescribe the proper orthotic to correct your unique, specific foot or ankle issues.

Orthotics help resolve misalignment issues by providing:

  • Movement assistance
  • Movement restriction in a specified area
  • Control, direction, and mobilization restriction for a foot or ankle
  • Weight re-distribution to take the weight off the affected foot or ankle
  • An aid in the rehabilitation process of broken bones or fractures after the cast has been removed
  • Reshaping of the foot or ankle to reduce pain and restore proper alignment and function

Orthotics come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They are also made of various materials. The more common materials used in orthotics include: thermoplastics, carbon fiber, metals, elastic, EVA, fabric or a combination of similar materials.

There are various kinds of orthotics for feet and ankles, each with a specific purpose. These orthoses are called lower-limb orthoses. Within this category, there are foot orthotics, ankle-foot orthotics, and foot ankle and knee orthotics.

Foot Orthotics

Foot orthotics are the most popular of the lower extremity orthotics. These orthotics are often in the form of shoe inserts. These orthotics provide support that redistribute weight on the foot to bring into realignment foot joints that may cause pain and discomfort when standing, walking or running. These orthotics can be found in stores or they can be custom made by your podiatrist in office.

Ankle-Foot Orthotics (AFO)

Ankle-foot orthotics immobilize the ankle and foot. They are used to compensate for weakness, such as with rheumatoid arthritis and recovery from a foot or ankle fracture. They are also used to treat alignment issues.