ORTHOTICS SERVICES SERVING IN MILL SQUARE, SAN MATEO, HILLSBOROUGH, CA, AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS
Orthotics aren’t just for foot pain; they can also help improve foot health and function. If you are experiencing foot pain or discomfort, Gilbert Huang, DPM, is an expert podiatrist and can evaluate your needs and recommend the appropriate orthotics. Custom-made orthotics can provide additional support, cushioning, or correction to the feet, which can help alleviate pain and improve overall foot function. Contact Dr. Gilbert Huang today to learn more about how orthotics can help improve your foot health.
What are orthotics?
Orthotics are devices designed to support, align, or improve the function of the feet, ankles, knees, hips, or lower back. They are usually custom-made to fit the specific needs of an individual and can be worn inside a person’s shoes.
Orthotics are used to treat a variety of conditions including foot and ankle pain, plantar fasciitis, flat feet, bunions, heel spurs, and even lower back pain. They work by redistributing pressure on the feet, correcting abnormal foot mechanics, and providing support and stability to the foot and ankle.
Orthotics can be made from a variety of materials, such as foam, plastic, or metal, and can be designed for specific activities, such as running or walking.
How do orthotics work?
Orthotics work by providing additional support, cushioning, or correction to the feet and ankles. They can help improve the biomechanics of the feet and lower limbs, which can reduce pain, improve performance, and prevent future injuries.
When a person stands, walks or runs, the feet and lower limbs go through a complex series of movements and forces. If there is an issue with the structure or function of the feet, such as flat feet or overpronation, it can cause abnormal forces to be placed on the feet and lower limbs. This can lead to pain, discomfort, and even injury over time.
Orthotics help address these issues by providing support, cushioning, or correction to the feet and lower limbs. For example, orthotics can help redistribute pressure across the foot, reducing the amount of pressure on certain areas. They can also provide additional cushioning to the feet, which can help absorb shock and reduce pain.
Orthotics can also help correct issues with foot mechanics, such as overpronation or supination. By controlling the movement of the foot and ankle, orthotics can help improve alignment, reduce strain on the muscles and ligaments, and improve overall function.
Overall, orthotics work by addressing the specific needs of an individual’s feet and lower limbs, providing additional support or correction as needed to help improve function and reduce pain or discomfort.
What are the three types of orthotics?
The three main types of orthotics are:
- Functional orthotics: These are designed to correct abnormal foot mechanics by controlling the motion of the foot and ankle. They are often made of a firm material, such as plastic or graphite, and are custom-made to fit the individual’s foot. Functional orthotics are used to treat conditions such as overpronation or supination, which can cause pain or injury over time.
- Accommodative orthotics: These are designed to provide additional cushioning and support to the feet. They are often made of softer materials, such as foam or gel, and are used to treat conditions such as plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, or other conditions that cause pain or discomfort in the feet.
- Custom-made vs. over-the-counter (OTC) orthotics: Custom-made orthotics are designed specifically for an individual’s feet and are made from a mold or scan of the feet. OTC orthotics, on the other hand, are pre-made and sold in stores. While OTC orthotics can provide some relief for minor foot pain, they may not be as effective as custom-made orthotics for more severe or complex foot issues. It is important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the best type of orthotic for your specific needs.
Will orthotics help foot pain?
Yes, orthotics can help alleviate foot pain caused by a variety of conditions. Orthotics are designed to provide support, cushioning, and correction to the feet, which can help improve foot function and reduce pain.
Orthotics can help relieve pain caused by conditions such as plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, flat feet, bunions, and other issues. They can also help reduce pain in other areas of the body, such as the knees, hips, and lower back, by improving foot function and alignment.
However, it is important to note that not all foot pain can be treated with orthotics, and it is important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the cause of your foot pain and the best treatment options for your specific needs. Additionally, orthotics may take some time to adjust to, and it may take several weeks to see the full benefits of using them.
Call West America Foot and Ankle today or schedule an appointment with Dr. Gilbert Huang to learn more about orthotics and how they can help you.