How Do I Know If I Need Orthotics?

If you experience foot pain, your Forest Hills, NY podiatrist Dr. LeKeisha George, may recommend orthotics to help correct your step and relieve your discomfort. There are many types of orthotics on the market today. Each has their purpose so it’s important to talk to your podiatrist about which type of orthotic may be right for you.

Over-the-Counter or Prescription?

Orthotics is available over-the-counter from your local drugstore or sporting goods store. Custom orthotics are available only through your doctor and are custom fit specifically to your foot.

Orthotics purchased at your local Forest Hills, NY retailer will be less expensive than prescription orthotics. However, they may not be as effective or fit as well as what your podiatrist can offer. When shopping for orthotics, take into consideration what you hope to achieve with them. You will need a different type of orthotic in your running shoes that in your dress shoes.

Types of Orthotics

There are two main types of prescription orthotics. Each is designed to treat a different foot condition. After a careful examination and diagnosis of your foot pain, your Forest Hills, NY podiatrist will know which orthotic may be right for you.

Functional Orthotics 

These orthotics can be used to correct an abnormal foot function. This may also help correct abnormal leg and hip function as well. They are often made from more rigid materials to better support and correct the feet.

Accommodative Orthotics

This special type of orthotic often uses softer, more sponge-like material to provide relief to the feet. They help to absorb shock and cushion sore spots.

Examples of Orthotics

  • Heel wedges
  • Heel flares
  • Sole flares
  • Metatarsal pads
  • Toe crests
  • Scaphoid pads
  • Heel elevation

Forest Hills Podiatric Medical Care of Forest Hills, NY offers custom, prescription orthotics to meet your needs. Schedule an appointment today at 718-520-8811 to find out what orthotics can do for you.

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