Associated Foot Specialists
Podiatrists located in Holden, MA & Hudson, MA
If you’re experiencing foot pain or recurring ulcers on your feet, a great set of custom orthotics can help. This is one of many services available from Anthony Tickner, DPM, and Steven Quan, DPM, of Associated Foot Specialists in Holden and Hudson, Massachusetts. When you’re ready to give orthotics a try, schedule an appointment online, or call to find a time that fits your busy schedule.
Orthotics Q & A
What are orthotics?
You’ve probably seen the wide range of shoe inserts available at virtually every drugstore and grocery store. Many promise to relieve foot pain and make your shoes more comfortable, but orthotics take these promises one step further.
Orthotics are prescription medical devices that are worn inside your shoes. They work by altering the distribution of pressure on your feet as you walk or stand.
A great set of custom orthotics can help with several different podiatric issues. They are also one of the easiest ways to improve your foot health without surgery or any type of invasive procedure.
What kinds of podiatry issues can orthotics help treat?
Your orthotics are designed to address your specific needs and are shaped to support the exact specifications of your feet. Some of the podiatric issues a set of orthotics can treat include:
- Flat feet
- Heel spurs
- Back pain
- High arches
- Plantar fasciitis
Orthotics can also provide extra support as you recover from an injury. Some people only need to wear orthotics for a short period of time, while others will continue to wear them for the rest of their lives.
How do I know which type of orthotics are right for me?
There are multiple different types of orthotics, each of which meets a distinct set of needs. Some options are full-shoe inserts that fit inside your shoes to cover the entire surface of your feet. They can be made of rigid materials, or be soft and flexible, a type called accommodative.
Some people only need orthotics that cover the heel portion of their shoe. This style is sometimes referred to as cup or heel orthotics. Another type consists of a shoe insert as well as an upright section that delivers ankle support while walking or standing.
Your podiatrist will guide you toward the type of orthotics that is right for you. Before prescribing your orthotics a physical exam and advanced imaging will show the exact way your feet make contact with the ground as you walk. This information allows the manufacturer to create a set of orthotics made just for you.
If you’re ready to see how orthotics can improve your foot and ankle health, call Associated Foot Specialists today. Online booking is also an option and takes very little time to complete.
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