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Arlington/Mansfield Foot & Ankle Centers

Podiatrists, Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Arlington, TX & Mansfield, TX

Custom orthotics can provide relief from pain and aid healing for a number of lower limb conditions. For expert fitting of prescription orthotics, visit Arlington/Mansfield Foot & Ankle Centers, with two locations in Arlington and Mansfield, Texas, where the highly qualified team of podiatrists uses state-of-the-art technology to create the perfect orthotics for your feet. Call the practice today or book an appointment online.

Orthotics Q & A

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are foot supports used to realign the structure of the foot and alleviate pressure where there’s an imbalance or dysfunction in the foot. Prescription orthotics are custom-made to fit each patient, providing precisely the right support to correct structural defects or take pressure off of damaged tissues.

To make a custom orthotic, your podiatrist makes a replica of your foot by scanning it with 3D laser technology. They then use the replica to adjust the contours of the orthotic so that it supports your foot in the correct places while avoiding placing pressure on other parts of your foot.

Are orthotics better than over-the-counter foot supports?

A range of over-the-counter shoe inserts offers support to the arch, heels, or entire foot. These can be helpful in mild cases of foot pain. However, they only offer relief and do not correct problems in your foot.

Creating a custom orthotic requires the expertise of a podiatrist. Using 3D laser technology, a skilled podiatrist designs the insert to provide support in a way that not only alleviates pain but encourages the internal structures of your foot to realign. As a result, the orthotic promotes healing and recovery.

What conditions are helped by orthotics?

Orthotics are useful for a variety of foot and lower limb conditions, such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Bunions
  • Bursitis
  • Calluses under bony prominences
  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Flat feet
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Tendonitis

Many cases of low back pain are also due to problems in the structure of the feet. Orthotics can address these problems.

Are there different kinds of orthotics?

There are two main types of orthotics:

Functional (rigid) orthotics

Functional orthotics are made of plastics or carbon fiber and are ideal for plantar fasciitis and aching lower limbs.

Accommodative (soft) orthotics

Accommodative orthotics are made from softer cushioning materials, and are best for painful conditions and diabetic ulcers.

Most orthotics fit into ordinary shoes, but if you need larger orthotics, you may need prescription footwear.

To find out more about custom orthotics and how they can help you with your foot condition, talk to a podiatrist at Arlington/Mansfield Foot & Ankle Centers. Call the practice today or book an appointment online.