At Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center in Saginaw, MI and Bay City, MI we have access to top quality orthotics. Dr. Andrew H. Cohen and his staff work closely with patients to get the right orthotic device for their individual needs.
Orthotics are specially designed to be worn inside a shoe. They typically control abnormal foot functions. They also help to alleviate foot pain and discomfort. This orthotics have the potential to help impaired feet stay mobile and improve multiple symptoms for an array of disorders from heel spurs to ankle pain.
What are they made of?
Orthotics are made out of plastics and carbon-fiber composites. They are firm devices that typically do not bend or flex much. First, podiatrists take a molding of the patient’s foot. They use this mold to craft the orthotic device. It gives them a replica of the foot they are putting the device on and makes it easier to create. After making the orthotic device the podiatrist tries it on the patient and adjusts it once they see its true fit. Once the patient’s orthotic is adjusted and their needs are met, they are able to use it on a daily basis. These devices are typically comfortable and do not cause additional pain and suffering. They are placed in the shoe and worn every day.
How long does an Orthotic last?
Typically, an Orthotic can last for many years. They are made out of medical grade materials that last with normal wear and tear. Orthotics can also add other pieces like extensions and top covers to the base device. These additions need to be replaced more regularly. Additions should be replaced with a podiatrist every few years to make sure they are in the best working order that they can be.
If you have a sensitive foot and are unable to tolerate the usual rigid materials of orthotics, there are other options you can seek. Some orthotics can be made using softer, breathable materials that are gentler to the foot and ankle. Rubber, cord, leather, and synthetic materials can be used when making this softer, more malleable orthotics.
Over the Counter Orthotics
Beware of over the counter “orthotics”. These devices are used solely for arch support and are not specifically made for an individual’s needs. People who do not have the proper training can cause worse pain and suffering with a poorly composed orthotic.