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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
November 15, 2017
Tags: calluses   orthotic inserts  

Calluses form in respond to repeated pressures being placed upon the skin of the foot. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., will help to reduce your calluses with precision and care at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC located in Cromwell, CT. Be sure to give us a call at our offices at (860) 632-5499 and visit the Patient Education section of our website to learn more about what you can do to prevent calluses from forming.  

Calluses develop as portions of thickened skin on the feet caused by friction. Their purpose is to act as protective mechanisms of the skin so that it is a barrier to deeper injuries. This condition is usually found on the sole of the foot or on the heel because they are the areas of the foot that endure most of the pressure produced from walking or running. Those who do not wear shoes when required can cause this condition to form on the bottom of the foot. Calluses can also form when there is an abnormality in foot wear that causes brushing against the skin of the foot, when the toe box of the shoe is small or when females wear high-heeled shoes. To avoid this from happening, shoes with wide toe boxes, greater deepness, and lower heels (where applicable) should be worn.

Other options include trimming the excess skin if there is no infection present, use of orthotic inserts to counteract any deformity in the foot leading to the development of this condition and surgery if there needs to be a realignment of the bone to prevent ongoing friction from occurring on specific areas of the foot. If there are other complications that form as a result of calluses, ongoing inflammation or fever, antibiotics will have to be utilized.

Due to the potential pain and complications that calluses can cause, please contact our offices to receive an accurate consultation. We'll develop a treatment plan that can relieve your feet from the pain and discomfort of calluses.

 



 








 

 

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