Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Hamilton and Summit, NJ

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Hamilton and Summit, NJ

While they may look similar at first glance, all orthotics aren’t the same. Foot and Ankle Specialists uses the latest technology and computer-assisted data analysis to create custom orthotics that precisely fit your foot. This gives you the most optimized treatment for issues like flat feet, chronic heel pain, and arthritis. To learn more about how high-tech orthotics technology can help your recovery, call the Summit or Hamilton, New Jersey, office or book your appointment online today. 

Orthotics Q & A

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are shoe inserts made of hard, soft, or combined materials. Many people use orthotics to treat foot and ankle issues and improve general function. Types of orthotics are:

Rigid orthotics

Rigid orthotics made from hard materials like high-grade plastic or carbon fiber are often used to correct foot alignment and help relieve pain. They’re often the first choice for chronic pain in the feet, ankles, legs, and back. Rigid orthotics can help correct foot deformities. 

Soft orthotics

Soft orthotics are made from softer and springer materials like foam. They’re generally best for relieving pressure, cushioning, and pain relief.  Some examples include issues like diabetic foot wounds and fat pad loss. 

Some orthotics layer hard and soft materials, known as semi-rigid orthotics. These orthotics may provide both comfort and correction. 

What conditions do orthotics treat?

Orthotics treat a very broad range of foot and ankle problems, including:

  • Flat feet: feet with little-to-no arch
  • Arthritis: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and other types
  • Plantar fasciitis: heel pain caused by inflammation
  • Intoeing: walking with feet turned in
  • Out-toeing: walking with feet pointed out

But, orthotics aren’t just for people with foot and ankle problems. They provide defense against injury and can improve foot movement, so many active people and athletes wear orthotics as a preventive measure. 

How are custom orthotics different?

Foot and Ankle Specialists offers custom-made orthotics in their Summit and Hamilton offices. Although over-the-counter orthotics may work well enough when your symptoms are very mild, they’re not medical devices and aren’t really designed to treat foot and ankle problems. 

Custom orthotics are individually-made, with the materials, size, and style all professionally calibrated according to your needs. The team gathers this information through a specialized foot scan, which analyzes your feet as they move. They use computer-assisted data analysis to determine the optimal orthotics for you. 

Your orthotics are made to conform to every curve of your foot perfectly, which means they’re extremely comfortable. Custom orthotics generally last far longer than over-the-counter ones because they’re made with the highest quality materials and manufacturing processes. 

Orthotics may be an important aspect of your treatment if you live with chronic foot pain or are recovering from a sports injury. Foot and Ankle Specialists offers the most advanced custom-made orthotics available, and they’re ready to help you today. Call the nearest office or book your appointment using the online feature now.