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Are Rigid or Soft Orthotics Better?

Orthotics are inserts that you can place in your shoes. They are designed to provide more comfort and support for your feet, as well as to treat various foot and ankle conditions. Orthotic inserts can be bought over-the-counter at most drug stores, or they can be prescribed by your podiatrist and custom-made to fit your feet. There are two types of orthotics, rigid and soft. Rigid orthotics are usually made of carbon fiber or plastic. They can treat foot pain, muscle strain, as well as standing- and walking-related pain in your legs, thighs, and lower back. Soft orthotics are usually made from soft, flexible, compression materials, such as foam. These orthotics cushion your feet and can be used to prevent and treat diabetic foot ulcers, plantar fasciitis, and more. One type of orthotic is not “better” than the other. The type of orthotic that is best for you depends on the unique needs of your feet. To learn more, it's suggested that you consult with a podiatrist near you.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Podiatry Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Northampton and Allentown, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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