Conditions treated by orthotics fall into two broad categories: those that can benefit from cushioning and protection (accommodative) and those that can be helped by addressing your biomechanics (functional).
The first includes conditions like diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis which present special challenges for your feet. Cushioning diabetic ulcers or supporting the joint misalignments of arthritic feet require special care, and store-bought orthotics can do more harm than good. Be sure to come to us for your foot care needs when you have these conditions.
Functional orthotics help with conditions like plantar fascia and Sever’s disease (heel pain), neuromas and metatarsalgia in your forefoot, and arch pain from flat feet or high arches. Because your feet are the basis for your entire skeleton, orthoses can also address problems like shin splints, knee problems, and hip and lower back discomfort.
To determine whether custom orthotics could be the answer for you, call the experts at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona at (480) 963-9000 in Chandler or (480) 981-1800 in Gilbert for diagnosis of your foot and ankle problems. You can also schedule an appointment online using this contact form.