Orthotics

Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers -  - Podiatry

Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers

Podiatry & Foot & Ankle Surgery located in Lake Ridge, VA & Stafford, VA

Orthotics are specially designed shoe inserts that are custom made to fit your feet. The experienced foot care experts at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers in Lake Ridge and Stafford, Virginia, have considerable skill in creating orthotics to help support and realign the structures in your feet and relieve common causes of lower limb and foot pain. To find out more about custom orthotics and how they could benefit you, call Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers today or book an appointment online.

Orthotics Q & A

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are foot supports that the team at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers creates to support and rebalance your feet when you have a foot or ankle problems. They are custom molded to make precisely the right adjustment to your feet, something that you can’t get with over-the-counter shoe inserts.

Orthotics are a valuable treatment for a variety of foot and ankle conditions, including:

  • Bursitis
  • Calluses
  • Ulcers
  • Tendinitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Arthritis
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Flat feet

Orthotics support areas of your feet that come under too much pressure and help to realign the whole lower leg. This means that as well as being effective for foot and ankle problems, orthotics can help correct issues you might have with running, walking, and standing. Orthotics can also help patients who suffer from lower back pain.

How are orthotics made?

The team at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers starts the process of making your orthotics by examining your feet and your movements. They take 3D images of your feet. If they determine you could benefit from wearing orthotics, they make molds of your feet.

Making the mold involves using a laser scanner to create replicas of your feet. The team then uses the replicas as models around which they can build the custom orthotics, ensuring that you get precisely the right support without creating imbalances elsewhere in your feet or ankles that could cause other problems.

What types of orthotics are available?

There are two main types of orthotics:

Functional orthotics

Functional or rigid orthotics are made of plastic or carbon fiber, providing firm support. They’re best for conditions like lower back pain, tendinitis, and shin splints.

Accommodative orthotics

Accommodative or soft orthotics are made from softer materials, including foam rubber and gel, that provide cushioning as well as support. They’re best for conditions like plantar fasciitis, calluses, and diabetic ulcers.

Custom orthotics usually fit into regular shoes, but if your orthotics are larger than usual, you might also need prescription footwear.

The team at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers has on-site scanning facilities to create custom orthotics and many years of experience in using orthotics to treat painful, disabling foot and ankle conditions.

To find out more about orthotics or get help with foot and ankle pain, call Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers nearest you today or book an appointment using the online tool.