Orthotics

Orthotics Specialist
Orthotics can mean the difference in walking, running, or easing pain in the knees and back. Dr. Pandit can prescribe custom orthotics for patients in Evergreen Park, Illinois at Pandit Foot & Ankle Clinic.

Orthotics Q & A

Pandit Foot & Ankle Clinic

What are shoe inserts?

Shoe inserts are used to aid flat arches, foot and leg pain, cushion your feet, provide comfort, and support.

The most common types of shoe inserts are:

  • Arch supports - designed to support the foot's natural arch.
  • Insoles - made of gel, foam, or plastic and slid inside the shoe to provide extra cushioning and support.
  • Heel liners/heel cups - provide extra cushioning in the heel region.

What are prescription custom orthotics?

Unlike over-the-counter orthotics that are one-size fits all, prescription orthotics are specially crafted for you and your needs. They are designed to match the contours of your feet and the precise way that you move. Orthotics are only manufactured after a podiatrist has conducted a complete evaluation of your feet, ankles, and legs, so the orthotic can accommodate your unique foot structure and pathology.

Prescription orthotics are divided into two categories:

  • Functional orthotics - usually crafted of a semi-rigid material such as plastic or graphite, they are designed to control foot pain caused by abnormal motion. They can also be used to treat injuries such as shin splints or tendonitis.
  • Accommodative orthotics - softer and meant to provide additional cushioning and support. They can be used to treat diabetic foot ulcers, painful calluses on the bottom of the foot, and other uncomfortable conditions.

When should I see a podiatrist?

Podiatrists use orthotics to treat a variety of foot problems such as plantar fasciitis, bursitis, tendonitis, diabetic foot ulcers, and foot, ankle and even heel pain. Podiatrist-prescribed foot orthotics decrease foot pain and improve function. At Pandit Foot & Ankle Clinic they use a state-of-the-art system to evaluate the patient’s pattern of walking and running. From the results of this analysis, orthotics are prescribed to improve gait and balance and will also improve your foot movement, leading to more comfort and mobility.

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