What are prescription orthotics?
Orthotic devices are custom made shoe inserts that are intended to correct an abnormal or irregular walking pattern. Orthotics can make standing, walking, and running more comfortable and efficient by restoring proper foot function and balance. Podiatric physicians prescribe the use of orthotics as a conservative approach to many foot problems. The use of orthotics is a highly successful and practical form of treatment.
Different types of prescription orthotics:
Orthotics fall into three broad categories: rigid, soft, and semirigid. Rigid orthotics are designed to control function. They may be made of a firm material, such as plastic or graphite. Soft orthotics help absorb shock and take pressure off uncomfortable or sore spots. Semirigid orthotics provide dynamic balance of the foot while walking or participating in sports. These dynamic orthotics help guide the foot through proper functions, allowing the muscles and tendons to perform more efficiently.