Orthotics come in various materials, sizes and shapes depending on the problem you are experiencing. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. focuses on orthotic solutions and has been a foot and ankle specialist for twenty years. If you have a foot type, he has a solution.
- Soft orthotics are typically used to absorb shock and take pressure off painful areas plus increase your balance when doing sports or even regular daily activity.
- Semi-Rigid orthotics are made up of layers that reinforce your steps. The layers are both soft and rigid to get the job done. Children with flat foot and in-toeing/out-toeing can benefit from this style orthotic along with athletes who train hard for competitions.
- Rigid orthotics are meant for walking and dress shoes to control function. They are made of hard material after your podiatrist makes the mold of your foot/feet. They support joints in the ankle and improve aches and pains.
Let’s figure out what type of feet you have so we can solve the issue.
- Pronated feet ~ also known as a fallen arch or flatfoot. This deformity can lead to a mal-alignment of the ankle and foot and could mean possible long term damage.
- Supinated feet ~ this is not very easy to diagnose on your own so you may need help from a specialist. If the wearing pattern of your shoes is on the outside of the sole then chances are you might be a supinator.
- High arch ~ if your arch is so high that your foot print barely touches the floor then you likely have high arches which can cause additional stress on the rest of your feet and ankles.
- Normal foot ~ sounds like it may not be an issue? Right, your foot will look the same whether it is up in the air or on the floor and leads to the least amount of injury.
Everyone walks in a different way that will affect your overall health. Knowing your foot strike will help you get the right shoes and equipment to ensure you have happy and healthy feet all day long. If you are looking to find your foot type or in need of assistance with foot and ankle pain call our office and schedule an appointment. We can be reached at our New Albany office at 812-945-9221. Foot First Podiatry can help fit the right shoes to the right feet!