Orthotics are devices worn to correct foot and ankle problems without surgery. They range from shoe inserts and foot pads to ankle braces and other similar items. Their purpose is often to support the arch of the foot because problems in the feet can lead to pain in other areas of your body, such as the knees, hips, ankles and even lower back if the arch of the foot collapses.
Without proper support for the arches and feet, your body does not get the correct posture support, which can cause an imbalance in the spine. The feet are the structural foundation of the whole body and it’s important to keep them in mind when a larger problem is occurring. Orthotics are generally accompanied by additional therapy or techniques to address the overall condition of the patient.
What to Expect
Total Health and Peak Medical use a state-of-the-art digital foot scanner to test for the need for orthotics and to assist with fitting the orthotics directly to your specific needs. The scanner finds imbalances in the feet and helps create custom fitted foot pads to support your feet as needed. Our doctors will also analyze your gait, foot positioning and weight transfer to find the perfect solution for you that will support your feet and provide long-term posture correction. Orthotics are meant for extended use to continuously support the body.
Benefits and Risks
The potential benefits of using orthotics are improved posture, decreased foot, back or leg pain and an overall healthier body structure. The risks are minimal, though some report a bit of discomfort at first. Readjusting your feet and correcting their structure and arches may cause minimal pain, but as your body adjusts, this should dissipate. Some also experience blisters in the beginning.
Total Health and Peak Medical believe in a holistic, comprehensive and fully customized approach to health to promote overall wellness. Orthotics are generally a part of a larger health and wellness plan that our doctors will design around your needs. They are often paired with other services such as physical therapy, nutritional planning and acupuncture.