How Orthotics Differ From Orthopedics

Friday, September 8, 2017

Orthotics, also known as orthoses and orthotic insoles, are placed in shoes to restore natural function to the feet. Orthopedic shoes are designed to relieve pain and provide support for your feet, ankles or legs. Here is a look at orthotics and orthopedic shoes and what they can do for you.

Orthotics and Fallen Foot Arches

A common type of foot problem is over-pronation—the gradual collapse of the arch that eventually causes pain in the ankles and feet. Orthotic insoles counteract over-pronation by realigning the ankle and foot bones to their original positions, eliminating pain and restoring natural functions of the feet.

Causes and Treatment of Fallen Arches

Fallen arches are often caused by the flat, hard surfaces we walk on throughout the day. Other factors may include weak ankles and excess body weight, but over-pronation is most common among people 50 years and older. Not only are orthotics effective and inexpensive methods of correcting over-pronation but they can also prevent serious problems in the lower back, hips and knees.

How Orthotics Differ From Regular Shoe Insoles

Regular shoe insoles are designed specifically to cushion our feet and absorb as much shock as possible. Orthotics correct and optimize the functions of our feet to enable an even distribution of weight and remove pressure on heels, the ball of the foot, bunions and corns between the toes.

Benefits of Using Orthopedic Shoes

Orthopedic shoes are for anyone who needs support for the structure and mechanics of the foot, ankle and leg. Among the design elements that separate orthopedic from regular shoes is a firm heel support to cushion the rear of the foot. Others are “upper” orthopedic shoes that eliminate pressure on bunions and hammertoes as well as seamless uppers to preclude any rubbing or abrasion.

We at Azilda Family Foot Care are here to help diagnose and treat your foot problems and other areas of the body they may affect. Our custom-made orthotics are created to specifically address your foot ailments and include a one-year warranty. Please call us at 705-983-5035 or fill out our contact form.