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Orthotics in Alexandria, VA

Orthotics Alexandria VAOrthotics, also known as orthoses, refers to any device inserted into a shoe, ranging from felt pads to custom-made shoe inserts that correct an abnormal or irregular, walking pattern for your foot. Sometimes called arch supports, orthotics allow people to stand, walk, and run more efficiently and comfortably, while reducing foot pain and related foot problems, providing increased overall foot care. While over-the-counter orthotics are available and may help people with mild symptoms, they normally cannot correct the wide range of symptoms that prescription foot orthoses can since they are not custom made to fit an individual's unique foot structure.

For orthotics in the Alexandria, VA, call A. A. Podiatry P.L.L.C. at (703) 822-0895 for more information!

About Orthotic Devices

Orthotic devices come in many shapes, sizes, and materials and fall into three main categories: those designed to change foot function, those that are primarily protective in nature for feet, and those that combine functional control and protection for your foot.

Rigid Orthotics

Rigid orthotic devices are designed to control function and are used primarily for walking or dress shoes. This type of orthotics is often composed of a firm material, such as plastic or carbon fiber. Rigid orthotics are made from a mold after a podiatrist takes a plaster cast or other kind of image of the foot. A rigid orthotic device controls motion in the two major foot joints that lie directly below the ankle joint. Also, this kind of orthotic device may improve or eliminate strains, aches, and pains in the legs, thighs, and lower back.

Soft Orthotics

Soft orthotic devices are generally used to absorb shock, increase balance, and take pressure off uncomfortable or sore spots of your foot. They are usually effective for diabetic, arthritic, and deformed feet. Soft orthotics are typically made up of soft, cushioned materials so that they can be worn against the sole of the foot, extending from the heel past the ball of the foot, including the toes. Like rigid orthotics, soft orthotic devices are also made from a mold after a podiatrist takes a plaster cast or other kind of image of the foot.

Semi-Rigid Orthotics

Semi-rigid orthotics provide foot balance for walking or participating in sports. The typical semi-rigid orthotic is made up of layers of soft material, reinforced with more rigid materials. Semi-rigid orthotics are often prescribed for children to treat flatfoot and in-toeing or out-toeing disorders. These orthotic devices are also used to help athletes mitigate foot pain while they train and compete.

For more information on Orthotics in the Alexandria, VA area call A. A. Podiatry P.L.L.C. at (703) 822-0895 today!