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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
July 19, 2021
Category: orthotics

Orthotics refer to any device inserted into a shoe. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know that our Middlesex County patients may have questions about this type of treatment option. Orthotics come in many shapes and sizes, made from a wide range of materials. Over-the-counter shoe inserts may be able to help relieve minor symptoms. Still, a custom orthotic prescribed by our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, will be created from a mold of your foot to custom fit your unique biomechanical structure and address the specific issues you have. Below are the basics about the three different types of orthotics and what foot problems they can help correct.

Rigid Orthotics

This type of orthotic is designed to control the function and abnormal motion of your feet. As their name implies, they are composed of a firm material such as carbon fiber or plastic. Rigid orthotics help eliminate or decrease pain and strain in the legs, thighs, and lower back.

Soft Orthotics

This kind of insert aims to take pressure off a sore spot, absorb shock, and/or improve balance. Made of soft, cushiony materials, soft orthotics are effective for diabetesarthritis, and deformities such as bunions and hammertoes. They will also help give relief from secondary conditions such as corns and calluses.

Semi-Rigid Orthotics

Semi-rigid orthotics are prescribed to treat flat feet or to help children overcome in-toeing or out-toeing disorders. These orthotics can be used both for correcting foot problems and protecting vulnerable areas. They are typically constructed of layers of soft material and reinforced with more rigid materials. Athletes may also find this style helpful at reducing discomfort during intense training and competition.

To find out if a custom orthotic device may help relieve your foot pain and improve comfort when walking or running, contact our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499 to arrange a consultation.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
September 22, 2020
Category: orthotics
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis   bunions   arthritis  

At Feet First Foot & Ankle Care Specialists, we find many of our Middlesex County patients are surprised when we prescribe a custom orthotic to relieve foot or ankle pain. Orthotics serve three primary functions: changing foot function, protection, or a combination of both. Custom orthotics made from a mold of your unique foot structure treat a wide range of symptoms.

Here are four podiatric disorders that may be helped by custom orthotics:

  1. Diabetes—One of the most significant concerns for patients with diabetes is developing an ulcer or wound on the foot. Poor circulation, which is commonly associated with this disease, can make it difficult to heal a wound on the foot. Serious infections and even amputations can be the result of uncontrolled ulcers. Soft orthotics are made to pad a specific area at risk for developing a wound or sore and showing potential danger signs.

  2. Arthritis—Joint pain and stiffness are the two most frequent symptoms of both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. An orthotic can help reposition your feet to take the load off of affected joints and make walking and standing more comfortable.

  3. Plantar Fasciitis/Flat Feet—When the arches of your feet collapse or flatten, pain in the arch and the heel often occur. The plantar fascia is a long band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. Lack of arch support puts a strain on the plantar fascia and causes heel pain. Orthotics can be used to add support to the arch of the foot.

  4. Bunions—Although bunions are a progressive deformity, a custom orthotic can help realign the big toe and slow its movement out of proper position. Orthotics can make it more comfortable to wear shoes.

The first step to determining if a custom orthotic will help your foot pain is to make an appointment at our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499 so that our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, can examine your feet and ankles and diagnose the cause of your podiatric discomfort. The foot doctor will then let you know if a custom orthotic or another treatment method will be best to alleviate your pain.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
January 23, 2019
Category: orthotics

Your foot is entirely unique to you, so solutions for any pain you’re experiencing should be unique too. That is why here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, we offer orthotics that are custom-designed for only your feet. Orthotic devices comfort and support your feet and can help to alleviate a myriad of common foot issues.

Why should I choose orthotics?

Orthotics are custom-made to fit only your foot. They are designed to alleviate your diagnosed condition. That’s what makes them different from shoe inserts you could buy at a drug store. Those inserts might provide temporary relief, but they can’t cure chronic foot issues or biomechanical foot problems. Custom orthotics are also more durable than over-the-counter inserts because they’re made of top-quality materials. They should last years with proper care! Orthotics should be kept in good shape by regularly washing them with lukewarm water and mild soap. Always dry them thoroughly afterward.

What can orthotics help with?

Dr. Adam Mucinskas routinely prescribes orthotics to help patients with foot pain, including those with:

How do they custom-make orthotics?

The first step to addressing foot pain is to visit a foot specialist. The foot doctor will examine your feet, ask you your history, check your gait – the way you walk – and could possibly take x-rays or complete additional diagnostic techniques. Once your podiatrist has found the root of your foot issue, they might recommend orthotic devices. Using innovative technology, your foot is then scanned to get a computerized foot analysis. The analysis ensures that the orthotic device fits your foot and gait perfectly and will address your unique foot condition. Sometimes a mold from a plaster cast will be made to ensure a perfect fit.

Have you been suffering from foot or ankle pain? It might be time to give us a call. Our podiatrist here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, can help to diagnose and treat any foot or ankle issue you might be experiencing. Our conveniently-located office serves the Cromwell, Connecticut area. Please give us a call today to schedule an appointment at (860) 632-5499.



 








 

 

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