Shoe Orthotics for Foot Problems: Types and Tips

Are you experiencing foot or heel pain? Consider consulting a podiatrist for orthotics shoes. A soft sole made of memory foam will provide added support and help manage the pain in your foot and its irregular movement. 

Orthotics and shoe inserts are the best remedies for foot and leg troubles. Orthotics are medical devices put inside the shoes of people who have problems while walking, running, or standing. They are also used to treat foot pain caused by arthritis, bursitis, diabetes, and plantar fasciitis. 

Types of orthotics

Custom orthotics are description based and high-quality medical devices that are different from shoe inserts. They can be broadly categorized into two types:

Rigid or functional orthotics: They are made from a semi-rigid material such as plastic or carbon fiber and are used to treat abnormal foot motion resulting in injuries like shin splints or tendonitis. 

Soft or accommodative orthotics: These are made from semi-rigid or soft materials to provide cushioning and take the pressure off sore spots and uncomfortable foot ulcers. You can wear them with prescription footwear. 

Why orthotics?

Orthotics is just one part of the treatment for foot and ankle injuries. Doctors usually prescribe orthotics along with physical therapy and supporting shoes. You need to ensure that your custom orthotics fit your shoes properly and feel comfortable. If they don’t, talk to you your podiatrist about it. 

Unlike over-the-counter shoe inserts, orthotics are custom made using a plaster mold of your foot. They can help you avoid ankle instability, tendonitis, bunions, and other foot-related disorders. They provide support for your feet and also protect your joints when you walk or run. Moreover, orthotics can alleviate the pain caused by flat feet and arthritis. They can also enhance your athletic performance by improving the precision of your movements. 

Some useful tips

  • Find comfortable shoes that fit perfectly with your orthotics. It might take days or even weeks for orthotics to feel normal, but they shouldn’t cause pain.
  • If your shoes have an existing shoe insert or arch, remove it before inserting orthotics, which should be worn directly over a flat shoe sole. 
  • Bring your orthotics whenever you go shoe shopping.
  • Wear socks similar to what you plan on wearing with orthotics and shoes. 
  • Some insurance providers might cover orthotics treatment, so check with your company before seeing a podiatrist.
  • You can wash orthotics with water and mild soap. However, make sure you dry your orthotics thoroughly before you use them again. Don’t place them in a dryer or use a hairdryer. Lay them over paper towels to dry. 
  • Don’t ever miss a follow-up orthotics evaluation. 

About Sunnywell Medical Supplies

In operation since 2005, we are a one-stop destination for all your foot troubles, be it plantar fasciitis, bunions, diabetic foot, Achilles tendonitis, flat feet, or pronation. We will examine your feet and how you walk and run to better understand your condition before suggesting an orthotics solution. You can call us at 470-717-6959 or email us at to know more. 


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