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Orthotics Specialist

Foot and Ankle Wellness Center

Podiatric Medicine and Surgery located in Washington, DC & Clinton, MD

If you experience foot pain, heel pain, bunions, or diabetic foot problems, you can rely on experienced podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Wellness Center. They offer custom orthotics (shoe inserts) to improve your comfort, help your feet heal, and reduce the risk of further foot problems. Foot and Ankle Wellness Center has offices in Washington, DC, and Clinton, Maryland. Call the office nearest you today to schedule an appointment or book one online.

Orthotics Q & A

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you wear in your shoes to correct the position of your feet. They improve your posture and gait (the way you walk) and reduce your risk of pain and other foot problems. Your podiatrist personalizes each set of orthotics to improve the health of your feet and give you the best results.

Why might I need orthotics?

Some of the many reasons your podiatrist will recommend you try custom orthotics are:

  • Walking problems
  • Balance issues
  • Poor gait
  • Foot pain
  • Diabetes
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis
  • Flat feet
  • Other foot problems

Wearing orthotics is a conservative way to treat foot problems. Orthotics can help you avoid invasive procedures, including surgery in some cases.

What are the different types of orthotics?

The different types of orthotics available at Foot and Ankle Wellness Center include:

Soft orthotics

Soft orthotics are made of soft materials that cushion your feet. They take pressure off sore areas of your feet and are often bulkier than rigid orthotics. Therefore, you might need special shoes when you wear soft orthotics.

Rigid orthotics

Rigid, or functional, orthotics are made of sturdier materials. Rigid orthotics can ease foot pain or pain in your lower back, legs, and thighs.

Am I a candidate for orthotics?

To find out if you’re a candidate for orthotics, your podiatrist reviews your symptoms and medical history. They examine your feet and could recommend you undergo blood tests, X-rays, MRIs, or other imaging procedures.

What happens when getting orthotics?

If your podiatrist determines that custom orthotics are right for you, they take images of each of your feet and evaluate your foot, ankle, and leg movements while you walk. Your specialist takes a mold of your feet, allowing professionals to develop custom-fitted soft or rigid orthotics that will fit your feet comfortably.

Follow your podiatrist’s instructions for wearing your new orthotics. They ensure proper fit and let you know what shoes work best with your inserts.

Don’t live with foot, leg, or back pain if custom orthotics can correct the problem. Call the Foot and Ankle Wellness Center office nearest you today to schedule an appointment or book one online.