Orthotics. The word may be unfamiliar but it stands for the type of custom inserts that can make the difference between comfort and pain, or between staying on your feet and being laid up by foot problems. Far beyond the “arch supports” that line the drugstore shelves, orthotics are custom made from walking and standing on a computerized scanning pad.An orthotic laboratory uses the scan with other information to fashion corrective devices made out of polypropelene plastic or other soft materials. Padding and built up areas are designed into the orthotic to accommodate special needs. When put into shoes, orthotics guide the patient into the correct position to function normally, without strain or pain.

We use today’s high-tech diagnostic tools to fit orthotics and to detect other foot imbalances,problems and disorders to help determine the most appropriate treatment with more accuracy than ever before. We also use the most up-to-date materials for the orthotics with other treatment plans which includes complete instructions for home care. If your feet are taking the joy out of your step, contact Family Foot and Ankle Care for an orthotics evaluation and scanning.

Dr. Marc Fink

P.S. Untreated foot misalignment can lead to a variety of problems including foot and ankle sprains, bunions and lower back pain.

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