Custom Orthotics are an excellent way to help correct issues related to walking and your alignment. Some of these include, but are not limited to:
- Lower back, knee, hip, shoulder, and foot pain
- Bunions (osteoarthritis)
- Plantar fasciitis
- Pes planus (flat feet)
Your feet are the physical foundation of your body! If your feet are not functioning properly, everything above them will be negatively affected. Custom orthotics will help realign the bones within your feet and ankles, relieving pressure on other parts of your body. In addition, orthotics assist with distributing your weight more evenly, taking pressure off your toes, bunions, and other parts of your feet.
There are a few different options you can choose from for your custom orthotics, depending on what activities you participate in or the type of job you have.
Rigid orthotics are great for footwear that has poor support between the ball of your foot and your heal. It’s expertly designed to control the motion in your major joint complexes in your ankles and feet. They are great for ski boots, golf shoes, skates and dress shoes with little side support.
Semi-rigid orthotics are used to control excessive movement while providing a nice cushion. You may know them as functional or corrective orthotics. Flexible plastics, high density rubber, thermo formable materials and cushioned materials all go into the design and manufacturing of semi-rigid orthotics. Semi-rigid orthotics are great for people with biomechanical problems like flat feet, shin splints, weak ankles, hip and back pain, or aching feet and muscles. These also work for people who are on their feet all day, like teachers or nurses, to support their feet and relieve any burning sensations they feel in their ankles or calves.
Soft orthotics, also known as accommodative orthotics, is built from soft, compressible materials that help absorb shock when you walk, increase your balance and take pressure off any sore spots you may have in your feet. They are moulded by the action of your foot when you put weight on it, or they can be fashioned by a plaster impression of your foot.
There are many advantages to choosing a soft orthotic, one of the biggest is that you can easily adjust changing weight-bearing forces. Its main use is to help people with little to no fatty tissue in their feet or by people who have experienced trauma from a fall or accident. People with arthritis or diabetes also benefit from soft orthotics as they alleviate the pain and pressure that they face walking barefoot.
At Somerset Family Chiropractic, our Doctors use advanced specialized 3-Dimensional imaging to provide an in-depth analysis of gait in order to provide highly customized orthotics to our patients. Contact us to make an appointment today!