Have you been wondering if prescription shoe inserts might help your foot or ankle pain? Orthotics offer a simple solution for many people who suffer from a number of foot conditions. Your Albuquerque, NM, podiatrists Drs. Zachary Haas, Matthew Cobb, and Mark Haas offer several types of orthotics that may improve your symptoms.
What Are Orthotics?
Orthotics are shoe inserts custom designed to address your foot issues. Your Albuquerque foot doctor evaluates your gait during your visit and uses impressions of your feet to create inserts that fit your feet perfectly. Orthotics are much more durable than over-the-counter inserts and typically last two or three years or longer before they need to be replaced. This replacement schedule may vary depending on your activity level.
What Types of Orthotics Are Available?
Your podiatrist will recommend one of these orthotic types, depending on your foot issue:
- Rigid Orthotics: Rigid orthotics are made of rigid plastic and carbon and are usually worn in dress or walking shoes. The inserts control motion in two key foot joints and may be recommended if you have leg or back pain, an abnormal gait, different leg lengths, you turn your foot in when you walk, or you have arthritis in your big toe. Rigid orthotics extend from your heels to your toes.
- Semi-Rigid Orthotics: These orthotics are a good choice if you run or walk for exercise. A soft inner layer cushions your foot while the rigid core controls foot movement and improves balance. Wearing orthotics can help you avoid common overuse injuries that may affect your training schedule. Orthotics may also be recommended if you have flat feet, bunions or bone spurs, or your toes turn in or out when you walk.
- Soft Orthotics: Soft orthotics don't contain a rigid core and wear out faster than rigid or semi-rigid orthotics. They offer excellent cushioning, reduce pressure on sore spots and help absorb shock. The orthotics can be a good choice if you have diabetes or arthritis.
- Heel Cups and Lifts: Heel cups and lifts fill the heel area of your shoes only. They may be helpful if you suffer from plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinosis, heel spurs, or if the fat pads under your heel have become thinner.
Could you benefit from orthotics? Call your Albuquerque, NM, podiatrists, Drs. Zachary Haas, Matthew Cobb, and Mark Haas, at (505) 247-4164 to schedule an appointment.