At AAL Podiatry Associates in Norfolk and Suffolk, VA, Dr. Jesse Anderson often recommends orthotics to patients who suffer from foot problems such as plantar fasciitis, bursitis, and tendonitis, just to name a few. Additionally, if your muscles, joints, and ligaments aren't in proper working order, orthotics can eliminate irritation, aching, as well as fatigue, while improving their overall function. If you have mild-to-moderate symptoms that may benefit from these helpful devices, schedule a consultation at one of our offices to discuss the benefits further.
What are Foot Orthotics?
Orthotics refer to arch supports, insoles, and shoe inserts. They come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, materials, and typically serve three primary purposes. Some intend to change foot function, while others aid in protection or merge the two characteristics. Some increase balance and alleviate pain and pressure, while others can correct an abnormal walking pattern. After assessing your condition during a consultation, your podiatrist will recommend which type he thinks is the best fit.
Which Orthotics Type Is Right for You?
Orthotics are customizable to fit your foot only, and the podiatrist can fabricate them from a variety of materials. To determine which type is appropriate for you, Dr. Anderson will physically examine the foot structure, observe your gait, and ask questions about your activity level during your initial visit to our Norfolk office or Suffolk location. Once deciding to move forward with orthotics, he may recommend one of the following to improve the biomechanics of your foot and ankle, as well as to provide added cushioning and support:
- Soft - crafted from soft, cushioning materials, and worn against the sole
- Rigid - usually composed of carbon fiber or plastic materials
- Semi-rigid - made up of soft layers and reinforced with more inflexible materials
Need Podiatric Relief? Give Us a Call
For more information about orthotics or any of the other services provided here at AAL Podiatry Associates, visit our website. For appointment scheduling in our Norfolk, VA, office, dial (757) 625-2962, and for our Suffolk location, dial (757) 539-2098.