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Finding The Right Orthotics

Shoe orthotics are prescription medical devices worn inside your shoes to correct foot issues such as problems with how you walk, stand, or exercise. Orthotics are also prescribed to ease foot pain associated with medical ailments like bursitis, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, and diabetes. If you are suffering from foot pain, orthotics may be the answer. At Ankle and Foot Institute in St. Louis, MO, and Fenton, MO Dr. Richard Wittock will take a 3D image of each foot while doing a thorough examination that may include watching you walk to better understand the movement of your feet, ankles, legs, and hips. Once done, a mold will be taken and it will be transformed into a soft or rigid orthotic.

Types of Orthotics

There are two main types of orthotics - rigid and soft. Rigid orthotics are manufactured from materials such as plastic or carbon fiber and are meant to ease foot pain and may minimize discomfort in your legs, thighs, and lower back. Rigid orthotics are ideal for shoes with closed toes and low heels such as walking or dress shoes. Conversely, soft orthotics are made from material that is soft and pliable which is ideal for anyone suffering from plantar fasciitis or foot ulcers caused by diabetes. At the Ankle and Foot Institute in St. Louis, MO, Dr. Wittock and his talented team will walk you through your orthotic options and select the best one for your needs.

How to Wear Orthotics

While it may be tempting to wear over-the-counter insoles such as Dr. Scholls, it is important to remember that this only offers limited customization to your feet - usually by cutting the end to make them shorter or curve better with your foot’s shape. Although custom orthotics are more expensive, they are manufactured specifically for your foot with special equipment that makes fitting a breeze. Working with a podiatrist, like Dr. Wittock, enable you to have control of your orthotics fitting because we’ll schedule multiple visits to ensure that there aren’t any issues. 

If you are suffering from painful foot issues and are wondering if custom orthotics may be the answer, give Dr. Wittock at the Foot and Ankle Institute in St. Louis and Fenton, MO a call at 636-717-1100 to schedule an appointment.