Orthotics come in different materials, sizes and shapes depending on the issues you are experiencing. Family Foot and Ankle Care, PC focuses on orthotic shoes that can correct your foot and ankle problems. Once we establish your foot type Alan J. Discont will have a solution.
Three Orthotics that may be right for you:
- Semi-Rigid orthotics are made up of layers that support your steps. The layers are both soft and rigid to create a stable balance. Children with flat foot and in-toeing/out-toeing can benefit from this type of orthotic along with athletes who train hard for their competitions.
- Rigid orthotics are meant for walking and dress shoes to keep your daily activities in check. Your podiatrist will create a mold of your feet and then build a shoe support out of a hard material. This will support your joints in the ankle and improve aches and pains.
- Soft orthotics are mostly used to absorb shock and take pressure off painful areas and will assist with your balance while performing sports and basic daily activity.
Four foot types:
- Supinated feet ~ this isn’t always easy to diagnose on your own so you may need help from a specialist. If the wearing pattern of your shoes is on the outside of the sole then chances are you might be a supinator.
- High arch ~ if your arch is high and your foot print barely touches the floor, you probably have high arches which can cause additional stress on the rest of your feet and ankles.
- Normal foot ~ is just that. Your foot will look the same anyway you land it and leads to the least amount of injury.
- Pronated feet ~ which is called fallen arch or flatfoot. This deformity can lead to a mal-alignment of the ankle and foot and could mean possible long term damage.
Everyone has their own stride that contributes to their overall health. Knowing your feet will help you get the right shoe to ensure you have healthy feet and get where you need to go. If you are trying to figure out your foot type or in need of assistance with foot and ankle pain call our office in Chandler Arizona at 480-732-0033 and schedule an appointment. Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC can put you in the right shoe for your stride!