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Orthotics Specialist

Foot Healers

Podiatrists located in Brentwood, Chesterfield, Creve Coeur, St. Peters, & Webster, MO

Orthotics are a simple and effective solution for a wide range of foot and ankle problems. If you suffer from issues with your feet or ankles, book an appointment with the foot health experts at Foot Healers. The team offers advanced diagnostics and can determine if orthotics are right for you. To speak with a podiatrist about your foot or ankle problem, schedule an appointment at one of the locations in Brentwood, Chesterfield, Creve Coeur, St. Peters, or Shrewsbury, Missouri, by phone or online today.

Orthotics Q & A

What are orthotics?

An orthotic is a shoe insert that your podiatrist prescribes to treat foot-, leg-, and back-related problems. Orthotics are designed to correct structural and functional abnormalities of the foot to make standing, walking, and running more comfortable. 

Orthotics are a safe and effective treatment option that can relieve your pain without the need for surgery or invasive procedures. Orthotics can also be used to control foot movement after certain types of foot surgery. At Foot Healers, the team uses orthotics to address a number of different foot and ankle conditions. 

What conditions can be relieved with orthotics?

Orthotics can relieve a wide range of foot and ankle problems, including:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Hammertoes
  • Bunions
  • Flat feet
  • High arches
  • Arthritis
  • Neuromas
  • Heel pain

Orthotics are highly versatile and can relieve pain caused by a number of different conditions. Back pain is a very common condition that’s often linked to problems with the feet. Orthotics offer sufferers of back pain an effective and reliable solution for their symptoms. 

What are the different types of orthotics?

Orthotics come in a variety of materials, shapes, and sizes. The different types of orthotics include:

Rigid orthotics

Rigid orthotics are made from a firm material like plastic or carbon fiber and are designed to control the function of your foot. Rigid orthotics can alter the motion of the joints in your foot, improving the way you walk, stand, and run. 

Rigid orthotics are long-lasting and difficult to break. Your podiatrist may recommend rigid orthotics for problems like sprains, aches, and pain caused by abnormal foot function. 

Soft orthotics

Soft orthotics are made from a soft, compressible material that absorbs shock, increases balance, and relieves pressure from sore spots on your foot. 

Soft orthotics are highly adjustable and can relieve issues caused by arthritis or deformed feet. 

Soft orthotics are frequently prescribed to diabetics to help prevent problems like foot ulcers. 

Semi-rigid orthotics

Semi-rigid orthotics are designed to provide optimal balance to your foot. They’re often used by athletes to aid in their physical performance. Semi-rigid orthotics are made from a combination of soft and rigid materials that support proper foot function and allow your muscles and tendons to work more efficiently. 

Foot Healers also offers orthotics for children to treat certain foot deformities. The practice provides custom orthotics designed to address your unique foot problem. 

The team also offers a wide range of footcare products including seamless socks and compression hosiery. To learn more about orthotics, call one of the offices or book online today.