The type of orthotic you need depends on the problem being treated. There are two different types of prescription orthotics: functional and accommodative. Functional orthotics are made to control abnormal function. They are used to treat structural deformities, which can cause problems like tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. Accommodative orthotics provide a soft cushion to protect boney areas. This type is especially important for people with diabetes or nerve disorders, since rubbing on those hard prominences can lead to open sores.
It is important to have your orthotics custom made by an experienced professional so that they are comfortable, fit in the majority of the shoes that you wear, and manage your condition. One size does not fit all. If orthotics are hard or prefabricated, they can actually cause pain because they press into your foot instead of supporting it. Contact the experts at Podiatry Associates, P.C. for all your orthotic needs. Visit our online contact page, or call us at (303) 805-5156 for an appointment or more information.