Orthotics Specialist

Metropolitan Foot and Ankle Specialists

Podiatrists located in Aurora, CO

Foot pain from any cause can turn everyday life into agony, not to mention its impact on your ability to enjoy a walk in the park or participate in competitive sports. The doctors at Metropolitan Foot and Ankle Specialists can relieve many causes of foot pain and help correct the underlying problem with customized orthotics. To learn how orthotics may be the answer to your foot problem, call their office in Aurora, Colorado or book an appointment online.

Orthotics Q & A

What are orthotics?

The general definition of an orthotic is any device that’s used to support or improve the function of your body. In podiatry, orthotics refers to devices that help you walk and move more comfortably or correct a foot problem.

You may be familiar with orthotics available in your local pharmacies, such as foot pads and toe cushions. In some cases, these one-size-fits-all products, such as Spenco® or Superfeet® brands, may provide all the help you need, but they aren’t always the best option.

The doctors at Metropolitan Foot and Ankle Specialists make digitally-customized orthotics and other devices that specifically treat your individual foot condition.

What types of foot conditions are treated with orthotics?

Orthotics can reduce pain, swelling, and pressure. They can also provide joint stability or improve your overall balance. Your doctor can prescribe orthotics to correct alignment problems in your foot and ankle, improve your ability to walk, run, or jump, or target the movement requirement by your sport to improve your performance.

A few foot problems that may benefit from prescription orthotics include:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Bunions
  • Arthritis
  • Hammertoes
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Morton’s neuroma

What conditions improve with arch supports?

Having the proper arch support is vital because arches support your body weight and serve as shock absorbers. Orthotic arch inserts help to relieve pain and can be used to treat:

  • Heel pain
  • Flatfoot
  • Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD)

What are the different types of orthotics?

Custom orthotics are made from a mold of your foot to ensure a precise fit. Your doctor at Metropolitan Foot and Ankle Specialists prescribes a specific type of orthotic to treat your foot problem:

Functional orthotics

Functional orthotics improve the way your foot moves, help absorb shock, and support foot deformities.

Accommodative orthotics

This type of orthotic is used to correct foot problems like bunions, misaligned bones, and to alleviate or redistribute pressure on your foot. Examples include splints, braces, casts, and night bars.

Your orthotic device may be made from rigid materials, soft materials, or a combination of both. Semi-rigid orthotics, which combine both materials, are often used by athletes to improve foot balance, guide foot movement, and relieve pain. As a result, they can help improve performance.

When you experience any problem with your foot, whether pain, a noticeable bump, or deformity, call Metropolitan Foot and Ankle Specialists or schedule an evaluation using online booking.