By Joseph Stuto, DPM
May 21, 2018
Category: foot care tips
Tags: flat feet   orthotics  

When it comes to the world of orthotics, it can be very confusing to pick one that is right for you. Stores boast all types of inserts for the shoe that make promises of painless walks and quick relief. Usually, a store-bought orthotic is not as effective as a custom-made or prescribed orthotic. You can get an orthotic from your podiatrist. At an appointment, your podiatrist can take a mold of your feet and make an orthotic especially for you. This not only ensures effectiveness, but it also addresses the needs your foot presents which are tailored to your experiences.

There are three main types of orthotics:

  • Soft
  • Semirigid
  • Rigid

Each device has its own function. Some are better suited for individuals with arch problems while others are appropriate for individuals with a foot deformity or chronic fatigue. 

Soft Devices

A soft orthotics’ purpose is to provide cushion, decrease force, evenly distribute pressure and improve shock on the foot. This type of device is especially helpful for a foot that is rigid. It does not give a lot of support to the overall foot but focuses mainly on injury prevention.

Semirigid Devices

Semirigid orthotics help to control or balance a poorly-aligned foot. They also give flexibility and shock absorption to the foot. This type of orthotic is the one most commonly prescribed in the world of podiatry. People with flat feet usually benefit the most from this type of orthotic. 

Rigid Devices

Rigid orthotics help to control movement that is not wanted or needed. They are not flexible and offer no shock absorption or cushioning. This kind of device is often used in patients who have poor control of their feet and have a higher risk of injuring themselves. 

Proper footwear and orthotics have a great effect on the foot. Not only do they provide support, cushion and comfort when necessary, but they also serve as a level of protection for the foot. Properly fitted shoes and custom orthotics can help prevent hundreds of foot and ankle injuries every year. 

If you suffer from pain when you are walking, consider visiting the podiatrist and discussing the option of orthotics. If you don’t have a podiatrist, try calling Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can help to get you a custom-fit orthotic for your foot. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.