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By Ankle and Foot Institute
February 12, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics  

Orthotics may offer a simple solution if you suffer from back pain, a foot condition or experience discomfort after spending hours on your orthoticsfeet. Dr. Richard Wittock, your St. Louis, MO, foot doctor prescribes the shoe inserts to his patients at the Ankle and Foot Institute.


What are orthotics?

Orthotics support your feet, improve their alignment, add extra cushioning and absorb shock. Depending on your symptoms or condition, your foot doctor may recommend rigid, semi-rigid, or soft orthotics. Unlike drugstore orthotics that favor a one-size-fits-all approach, the inserts provided by your podiatrist are designed to address your particular foot issue. After evaluating your gait and examining your feet, your St. Louis foot doctor makes impressions of your feet, which are then used to create your custom inserts.


How can orthotics help me?

Orthotics offer many benefits, and your podiatrist may recommend them if you have:

  • Back, Hip, or Leg Pain: Did you know that pain in your back or legs can actually originate from your feet? Structural issues, arch problems, or overpronation mean that your feet can't properly support your legs, hips, or back. Orthotics not only offer support but also realign and re-position your feet, easing your painful symptoms.
  • A Job That Requires Standing: Standing for long periods can increase your risk of several foot conditions, including plantar fasciitis, a condition that occurs when the long band of tissue that connects your toes to your heels at the bottom of your foot becomes inflamed. When you wear your orthotics, you'll also be less likely to experience fatigue and foot pain at the end of a shift.
  • Diabetes: Blisters can quickly become infected ulcers that are difficult to treat if you have diabetes. Cushioning inserts redistribute your weight, reducing the pressure that can cause blisters.
  • Bunions or Hammertoe: Orthotics can improve your comfort if you have bunions or a hammertoe. Wearing orthotics may even slow the progression of these conditions.

Orthotics can also be helpful if you have flat feet, high arches, arthritis, Achilles tendonitis, retrocalcaneal bursitis, tarsal tendonitis, or uneven foot lengths. If you're an athlete, you can lower your risk of developing tendonitis, bursitis, stone bruises, or other foot conditions by wearing orthotics regularly.


Give us a call!

Could you benefit from orthotics? Phone your St. Louis, MO, podiatrist, Dr. Richard Wittock, at (636) 717-1100 to schedule an appointment.

By Ankle and Foot Institute
March 19, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics  

Do your feet, knees, hips or a backache at the end of the day? Orthotics may offer a simple way to relieve your painful symptoms. Our St. orthoticsLouis, MO, podiatrist, Dr. Richard Wittock, explains how you can benefit from orthotics.

Orthotics offer a superior level of comfort and support

If your shoes don't have enough padding or you need a little additional arch support, over-the-counter shoe inserts may do the job, at least for a little while. Unfortunately, one-size-fits-all inserts may not adequately address your foot condition. In some cases, they may even worsen it.

Orthotics are designed to fit you and you alone. They're designed in our St. Louis office after we evaluate your gait and make a digital mold of your foot. Although orthotics cost more than drugstore shoe inserts, they're made of durable materials and will probably last three years or longer before they need to be replaced.

Orthotics help you avoid pain

Poor foot position or mechanical issues, such as overpronation or flat foot, can affect the alignment of your entire body. Eventually, you may begin to notice pain not just in your feet, but also in your ankles, knees, hips, or lower back. Orthotics improve the position of your feet when you wear shoes, restore normal alignment and reduce pressure on your foot.

Depending on your foot condition, we may recommend one of these types of orthotics:

  • Semi-Rigid: Semi-rigid orthotics support your entire foot and are made of a rigid inner core encased by soft, cushioning material. These orthotics relieve foot pain, control movement, improve balance, and reduce pressure on your tendons and muscles when you walk or run.
  • Rigid: Rigid orthotics also support your entire foot, but are constructed of stiff plastic or carbon. They're a good choice if you have back or leg pain, your legs are different lengths, or you overpronate or have an abnormal gait.
  • Soft: Soft orthotics cushion your feet, absorb shock, and decrease pressure. They're a good choice if you have arthritis or diabetes.
  • Heel Cups: Heel cups fit into the heel portion of your shoes and provide extra cushioning. The cups may be recommended if you have plantar fasciitis or heel spurs. Heel cups can also be helpful if your heel pain is caused by thinning of the fat pads under your heels, a problem that can occur as you get older.

Orthotics can help relieve your pain. Call St. Louis, MO, podiatrist, Dr. Wittock, at (636) 717-1100 to schedule your appointment.

By Ankle and Foot Institute
March 01, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics  

Orthotics are a device that is inserted into a shoe and are used to help people to walk, run or stand better and with comfort. These orthoticscustom-made shoe inserts are just one treatment method that your Saint Louis area podiatrist in Fenton, MO, Dr. Richard Wittock, can recommend for patients of all ages. Determining the best type of orthotics for your particular foot health is important.

Types of Orthotics

Ultimately, orthotics are designed to change foot function and can be protective. There are a few types to choose from and your Saint Louis area podiatrist can help determine which suits you best. Rigid orthotics are designed to help with walking and dress shoes and to aid function. They are usually made of a firm material. They help to control motion in foot joints that lie below the ankle joint. This helps to improve aches, pains and strains in the lower back, thighs or legs.

Soft orthotics are a type that is used to increase balance, take pressure off sore spots or the foot as a whole and/or to absorb shock. These are great for those with arthritis, diabetes or deformities. They are usually made of soft materials that can be worn against the sole of the tooth. They are custom-made with a plaster cast of each patient’s foot.

Semi-rigid orthotics offer balance to patients. They are made of a combination of both soft materials and reinforced with rigid materials. These are especially great for children with flat feet or other toe disorders. They also can help athletes with pain as they are training.

To determine which orthotics would fit your particular foot pain or injury the best, contact your Saint Louis area podiatrist, Dr. Wittock. To schedule an examination with him in his Fenton, MO, office, call (636) 717-1100 today.

By Ankle and Foot Institute
May 02, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics  

Like Jennifer Aniston on that episode of Friends, where she tells Monica she'll take a pair of torturous, painfully uncomfortable boots off her hands because she hasn't felt her feet in years, many people believe that foot pain is an inevitable part of life. Whether from painful and uncomfortable shoes for the sake of fashion or relentless workouts at the gym, our feet are subjected to a significant amount of Orthoticsabuse and wear and tear over a lifetime. To make matters worse, many people suffer from structural and biomechanical problems that can predispose them to even more pain and injury without a little extra support.

Foot and Ankle Pain Treatment in St. Louis

Millions of people suffer from foot problems like flat feet or low arches. If you've ever gone into a specialty sporting goods store to buy a new pair of sneakers, chances are they offer something called a gait analysis, where a helpful employee asks you to walk around the store in your bare feet in order to determine seemingly random things like heel strike and pronation. But you just want the new pair of limited edition Nikes you say? While they may look great on the feet while running or playing tennis over the weekend, they might not offer the support your feet need, which can put additional pressure on the joints, and lead to other problems like knee injuries and back pain.

Wear the Shoes You Love - With Orthotics

Thanks to orthotics, which are custom made shoe inserts designed to support the arches and help to keep everything nice and aligned, a simple trip to the podiatrist can help prevent a lifetime of foot pain and discomfort. The doctors at the Ankle and Foot Institute in St. Louis offer several orthotics models for different uses:

  • Rigid orthotics (walking/dress shoes)
  • Soft orthotics (shock absorption/balance for arthritic and diabetic patients)
  • Semi-rigid orthotics (sports)

Contact a Podiatrist in St. Louis

To learn more about how you can benefit from a custom pair of orthotics, and for foot pain relief, contact the Ankle and Foot Institute by calling (636) 717-1100 to schedule an appointment today.

By Ankle and Foot Institute
March 09, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics  

If you experience foot or ankle pain, your podiatrist may recommend orthotics to help treat the condition. Custom, prescription orthotics are devices ordered by a podiatrist to contour and treat the special needs of your body.

Categories of Prescription Orthotics

Functional orthotics are devices that are designed to treat the position or motion of the foot. They may be prescribed to treat foot Orthoticspain caused by injury. They may also be used when the foot is experiencing pain due to abnormal motion. These devices are semi-rigid and usually constructed of sturdy plastic or other materials.

Accommodative orthotics are devices that are meant to provide extra cushion and support to feet. They are often made of softer materials and treat conditions such as pain from calluses and diabetic foot ulcers.

Types of shoe-modifying orthotics:

  • Heel flares
  • Steel bar
  • Sole flare
  • Metatarsal pads
  • Scaphoid pads
  • Extended heel or Thomas heel
  • Metatarsal bars
  • Sole wedges
  • Rocket bar
  • Cushioned (Sach) heel
  • Heel wedges

These various types of devices are designed to treat a wide range of foot pain and podiatric problems. For example, the cushioned heel is compressed rubber inserted into the show which can help to absorb shock and reduce impact to the foot. Heel flares are used to provide stability to the foot and reduce inversion or eversion.

The Process

If your podiatrist decides you need an orthotic device, they will start by conducting a biomechanical evaluation of your foot. They will then write a detailed prescription outlining the specific needs and condition of your foot. Your podiatrist will then custom-order the device that will fit your foot and correct your problem.

If you are experiencing foot pain, be sure to see a podiatrist, which is a doctor who specializes in treating foot and ankle conditions. The Ankle and Foot Institute serving St. Louis, MO treats a variety of foot problems using custom orthotics. Schedule an appointment with your Fenton podiatrist today to find out how orthotics can help relieve your foot or ankle pain call (636)-717-1100. For our Maryville location, give us a call at (618) 288-2835.