Orthotics Specialist

Permian Basin Foot and Ankle

Board-Certified Podiatrists and Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Odessa, Midland, and Pecos, TX

Many foot and ankle issues can be relieved or treated with a customized orthotic device. Justin Brown, DPM, Jordan Womack, 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.

Orthotics Q&A

What are orthotics?

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:


  • Aligning your foot and ankle
  • Improving your gait and foot and ankle function
  • Preventing or correcting foot deformities
  • Relieving pressure on tendons and ligaments
  • Supporting the foot and ankle


In some cases, using an orthotic device correctly may help you avoid surgical intervention.

Which conditions can be improved using an orthotic?

Many common foot and ankle conditions can be helped using a customized orthotic device. Some of these conditions include:


  • Arthritis 
  • Bunion
  • Bursitis
  • Cavus foot
  • Flat foot
  • Heel spur
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Runner's knee

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.


What kinds of orthotics are there?

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

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 

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.