FAQs about Orthotics
By Dr. Eric Arp
January 28, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Orthotics  

Orthotics are medical devices that podiatrists provide patients to treat heel pain and properly align the foot and lower extremities. Here at Arp Foot and Ankle Clinic, PC of Mountain Home and Harrison, AR, Dr. Eric Arp provides patients with orthotics to treat their unique issues—read on to learn more!

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are custom-made devices that are placed in shoes to correct foot alignment issues and abnormal walking patterns. Orthotics provide efficient and comfortable arch support to improve everyday activities, such as standing, walking, and running. They come in several shapes, sizes, and materials to improve function and protect feet.

Who needs orthotics?

There are several diseases that require orthotics to help ease everyday activities and reduce pain. Here are a few common foot issues that are treated at our offices in Mountain Home and Harrison, AR:

  • Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the tissue on the sole of the foot. This painful condition makes it difficult to walk, and people usually feel the most pain in the morning.
  • Arthritis (i.e. joint inflammation) not only affects joints, but it also irritates the tissue that surrounds the joint and other connective tissue. The two most common types of arthritis are rheumatic arthritis and osteoarthritis.
  • Diabetes affects people's circulation to limbs, especially feet. People suffering from diabetes are susceptible to diseases like neuropathy and require custom footwear.

What types of orthotics exist?

  1. Rigid orthotics are custom-made orthotics made of plastic or carbon fiber, which is a firm material.
  2. Soft orthotics are made of soft, cushioned materials to absorb shock and increase balance, especially for diabetic, arthritic, and deformed feet.
  3. Semi-rigid orthotics are made of layers of soft material reinforced with rigid materials, which is best for children who have flat feet, and people with in-toeing or out-toeing disorders.

Interested in orthotic treatment? Give us a call

Orthotics are a great way to deal with serious foot problems. If you would like to learn more about custom orthotics from Arp Foot & Ankle Clinic, PC, make sure you call our Harrison, AR, office at (870) 365-3668 or our Mountain Home, AR, office at (870) 425-7363 today to schedule an appointment.