Orthotics can help a broad spectrum of podiatry patients. They protect healing wounds, improve foot alignment, and prevent sports injuries. At Family Foot & Ankle Center, the team of specialists designs orthotics according to your needs, providing you with a completely noninvasive way to fix many foot and ankle problems. Call the Upland, California, office now or click the online booking feature.

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What are orthotics?

Orthotics are shoe inserts. They give you a new surface to stand and walk on, which helps protect your feet, improves your walk, and prevents injuries.

Orthotics can be made of soft or hard materials. Soft orthotics are mainly for protecting and padding, but they help your foot move better. Hard orthotics are more for changing foot movements and preventing injuries. Some orthotics sandwich layers of soft and hard material together.

Family Foot & Ankle Center offers custom-fitted orthotics, in which the team measures your feet and evaluates how you walk to determine which orthotics can help you. They custom-make your orthotics to fit into the shoes you wear most often.

Custom-fitted orthotics fit only you, so wearing another person’s orthotics can damage your feet.

When do I need orthotics?

The team might recommend orthotics if you have:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Flatfoot
  • High arches
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoe
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Tendinitis
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Corns and calluses

Custom-fitted orthotics are usually part of a broader treatment plan. For example, most people with plantar fasciitis can also benefit from special exercises. Wearing orthotics every day while keeping up with your overall treatment plan will help you feel better fast.

Can orthotics treat ankle problems?

Orthotics can treat some ankle problems. However, there will be situations where you need a more extensive corrective device. That’s where ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs) come in. These devices go on your lower leg to control ankle and foot movement.

The team uses AFOs like the Balance Brace to stabilize a weak ankle, improve balance, correct unsteady walking, and treat many other problems with the ankle and foot.

How long do orthotics last?

Orthotics last a long time, at least a few years. If you notice signs of wear or your orthotics crack or tear, the structure is damaged, and the orthotic can’t do its job anymore. Make an appointment for an orthotic check if that happens.

Whenever you come in for a foot or ankle problem, bring your orthotics, and the team will check them out.

Family Foot & Ankle Center offers the highest quality custom-fitted orthotics. Call the office or click the online booking feature to get your orthotics.