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Foot Orthotics: Who needs them?

Foot orthotics are devices designed to restore your natural foot function by controlling abnormal muscle imbalances. Many foot pain complaints such as heel pain, forefoot pain, knee pain, and lower back pain are caused by poor foot function. Orthotics help to re-align and hold the foot and ankle bones in their optimal position, thereby restoring natural foot function that is much more efficient.

Dr. Petty can prescribe orthotics for anyone with foot pain that are worn inside the shoe and that are custom made to your specific feet. They are crafted specifically for you and no one else; they match the contour of your feet precisely for a perfect fit and are designed for the way you move. Only custom prescription orthotics can accommodate your unique foot structure. Dr. Petty creates custom orthotics to treat a wide variety of foot pain problems such as plantar fasciitis (heel pain); bursitis; tendinitis; diabetic foot ulcers; and foot, ankle, and knee pain.

After a thorough examination, if orthotics are needed, Dr. Petty will capture a three-dimensional casting image of each of your feet. That image, as well as any measurements obtained during the visit to address specific foot abnormalities, is used to create a set of custom foot supports that will improve your foot movement and lead to more comfort and mobility.

There are two categories of prescription orthotics that Dr. Petty dispenses. Functional orthotics are designed to control abnormal foot motion and may be used to treat many types of foot pain problems extending to the knee. These devices are usually crafted from a semi-rigid material such as graphite and then softened with a padded leather top cover. Accommodative orthotics are softer and meant to provide additional cushioning and support and are used more in middle age feet and elderly or diabetic populations. They can be used to treat diabetic foot ulcers, painful calluses on the bottom of the foot, and other uncomfortable conditions.

The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about topics related to podiatry, feel free to contact Family Foot & Ankle Centers by clicking here or calling 972-597-4132 to reach our Waxahachie office, 903-872-9910 to reach our Corsicana office, 972-875-3668 to reach our Ennis office, or 254-523-4803 to reach our Mexia office.