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By A. A. Podiatry, P.L.L.C.
December 03, 2015
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Orthotics  

Custom orthotics improve the function of your feet in a variety of ways.

Orthotics describe any shoe insert that people wear to increase their comfort. While they can be purchased over-the-counter at any Orthoticspharmacy in Alexandria, only custom orthotics designed by Dr. Annik Adamson of A.A. Podiatry provide personalized relief based on your specific needs.

All custom orthotics are made in a laboratory by highly-trained technicians. They use measurements that your Alexandria podiatrist takes, either from digital imaging or a plaster cast, in order to craft an orthotic device that will fit you perfectly and accommodate your feet. Here's some more information about the kind of custom orthotics that Dr. Annik Adamson prescribes to her Alexandria podiatry patients.

Soft orthotics

For patients who need shock absorption or pressure relief, their Alexandria podiatrist often suggests soft orthotics. Made from flexible but snug materials like foam, soft orthotics are aimed at cushioning malformations or injuries from diabetes or arthritis. They also offer a certain measure of balance if that is a concern as well.

Semi-rigid orthotics

As the name suggests, semi-rigid orthotics have inner layers of soft material, while the outer portions of the insert are more fixed. Your Alexandria podiatrist often proposes the use of semi-rigid orthotics to parents whose children have anatomical issues with their feet or gait problems. Athletes sometimes wear semi-rigid orthotics to stabilize their feet and ankles during practice and games.

Rigid orthotics

When repetitive motion like walking or running is an issue, rigid orthotics help to control function of the joints in the feet. These orthotics are often made from plastic or other lightweight but solid materials.

If you're wondering if your feet might benefit from the use of custom orthotics, contact your Alexandria podiatrist, Dr. Annik Adamson, at A.A. Podiatry for a consultation. She and her staff are excited to help you get back on your feet comfortably!

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