OrthoticsDr. Tom Lopac
Common Foot Ailments
Some of the most common foot ailments are:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Ganglion Cysts
Orthotics can be the solution to many common foot and leg problems.
Orthotics are orthopedic devices that are used to alter or modify foot function and are designed to treat, adjust, and support various bio mechanical foot disorders. Some orthotics are simple, commercially-made devices, such as cushioned heel cups or insoles for shoes that are sold over the counter in drug stores or other retail establishments.
The most effective orthotics, however, are custom-made devices that are crafted to meet the specific needs of a particular individual. Custom orthotics are created using an impression of the foot called a cast, which duplicates any misalignments in foot structure. Using the cast and computer technology, technicians in an orthotic laboratory design a device that balances out deformities and corrects misalignments.
The finished orthotic is placed in the patient’s shoe to support the foot and eliminate abnormal foot bio mechanics by keeping the foot properly aligned. Depending on the patient’s needs, the orthotic may have padding to cushion the foot and make it more comfortable.
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