Understanding Computerized Orthotics

Orthotics can help reduce pain while supporting and realigning the structures of your feet and ankles. Many people turn to orthotics to help them walk or run without pain and discomfort. 

Orthotics are custom inserts that fit comfortably into your shoes. An alternative to orthotics is store-bought insoles that may be able to help provide the support you need. However, custom inserts are molded to your feet and your specific misalignment. Custom orthotics are usually the most beneficial.

Computerized orthotics refer to how they are created. At Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers, our expert foot and ankle surgeons use the most advanced technology to create a custom mold to develop your custom orthotics. Here, our podiatrists explain how computerized orthotics work.

How orthotics can help you

If your feet are misaligned, or you have a protrusion or injury that forces you to favor one side of your foot, this can affect not only your feet and ankles but also your back, hips, and knees. Orthotics are custom inserts used to help rebalance and realign your feet to protect those areas.

Some of the conditions that orthotics can help include:

Orthotics may help you avoid surgery. Additionally, if you play sports, orthotics can help reduce your risk of injury. Often orthotics are prescribed in conjunction with other treatments such as physical therapy and over-the-counter pain medications.

What are computerized orthotics? 

The first step to getting orthotics is a comprehensive podiatry exam to determine if you’re an optimal candidate. Part of this exam includes a 3-D scan of your foot. If you’re a candidate for orthotics, the podiatrist will use this scan to create the orthotic. 

At Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers, our team uses a laser scanner to create a replica of your feet. The scan is used to build the customized orthotic to support your feet in all the right places, without imbalances. 

The alternative to computerized orthotics is a physical mold using plaster casting. But computerized orthotics are quicker and more convenient than using plaster casting, and computerized created orthotics are form-fitting and more effective.

Do your feet, legs, or back hurt when you walk, run, or play sports? Call Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers with offices in Lake Ridge and Stafford, Virginia, to determine if custom orthotics can help you. You can also make an appointment online through this website.

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