Many foot and ankle issues can be relieved or treated with a customized orthotic device. Joseph Morgan, DPM, Justin Brown, DPM, and the team at Permian Basin Foot and Ankle, which has three locations in Odessa, Midland, and Pecos, Texas, routinely use custom orthotics to treat common podiatry-related concerns. If you would like to learn more about how custom orthotics can help treat your foot or ankle problems, call the office nearest you, or request an appointment online.
An orthotic device is a customized shoe insert that provides additional support and helps treat many common foot and ankle issues. Orthotics are usually created with regards to factors like your podiatry issue, gait, and specific body measurements.
The primary objectives of orthotics are:
In some cases, using an orthotic device correctly may help you avoid surgical intervention.
Many common foot and ankle conditions can be helped using a customized orthotic device. Some of these conditions include:
Your Permian Basin Foot and Ankle podiatrist measures you for your orthotic device right in their office and ensures that your device can relieve your pain and restore mobility.
Orthotic devices may differ in their size, length, and shape in order to achieve their purpose. Some may look like a small pad that fits inside your shoe or, in some cases, they may include braces that extend up your ankle or leg.
There are two main types of orthotics:
Rigid orthotics are stiff and made from materials like plastic or carbon. They typically help relieve pain in your feet, legs, ankles, and back.
Soft orthotics are soft and are created using compressible material. They're supportive and are frequently used by athletes to further support their feet and ankles during athletics.
After a thorough exam and evaluation, your podiatrist will consult with you to determine if an orthotic is right for you and your condition. If so, they will use their expertise to create a customized orthotic that will work for you.
To learn more about orthotics, call Permian Basin Foot and Ankle or book your appointment online today.