Would you like to increase your mobility and comfort as you engage in sports? Are your feet and ankles so painful they're making it difficult to walk? All these problems and more may be solved with customized orthotics from Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists. Dr. Zachary Haas, Dr. Mark Haas and Dr. Matthew Cobb help create these amazing shoe inserts so their patients function and feel their best.
What is a customized orthotic?
Orthotics are specialized inserts placed into shoes to maximize comfort, correct gait problems and cushion the impact which sports and normal daily activities have on the feet and ankles. At Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists, your foot doctors prescribe custom-made orthotics for patients of all ages. They are especially useful for people who:
- Toe-in or toe-out when they walk
- Have congenital or acquired deformities of the foot or ankle
- Suffer from Achilles tendinitis or plantar fasciitis (with associated heel spur and heel pain)
- Have flat feet, bunions or hammertoes
- Have areas of friction, soreness or potential ulceration (as is the case with diabetics)
- Suffer from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or arthritis which develops after a traumatic injury
Athletes also benefit from the stabilization orthotics give them as they run, jump and stop suddenly. The devices relieve stress on the knees and lower back, preventing pain.
How they are made
Orthotics in Albuquerque may be constructed from soft (accommodative orthotics), rigid (functional orthotics) or semi-rigid materials depending on the desired therapeutic effect. Customized orthotics in general last longer and are more effective than store-bought shoe inserts.
Your foot doctor will either take a plaster mold of your foot or used computerized 3D imaging to determine the best shape and size for your orthotics. He will tell you when and how long to wear your orthotics for maximum benefit. Orthotics are part of an individualized treatment plan made specifically for you by your podiatrist. Often these devices are a viable way to avoid more invasive treatments, surgery or medications.
Do you need orthotics?
A complete podiatric examination will tell you if customized orthotics will help your feet and ankles. For a consultation with one of our friendly foot doctors, contact Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists at (505) 247-4164.