Understanding Orthotics
September 17, 2019
Category: Orthotics
Tags: foot pain   Heel pain   orthotics   arch support  

One of the more common ways to treat a problem with your feet is with anWhat is an orthotic? An is a type of shoe insert that can either be bought over the counter or fashioned by your podiatrist. While over the counter orthotics, or shoe inserts, maybe less are also produced generically and may not be the best treatment for your feet. Over the counter, shoe Inserts are not made to correct foot problems while a doctor made is. Since everyone’s feet are different the problems associated with them are unique. Because of this, a custom made measured and fit to your specific feet is highly recommended.

Some of the conditions an  can treat includes:


  • Diabetes – Diabetes often makes it difficult for the patient to feel pain from blisters or infections. And can help correct this by taking the pressure off them
  • Plantar Fasciitis – Can cushion the sore area of the foot 
  • Arthritis – Also used to cushion
  • Flat feet – Can help support your feet to avoid surgery
  • High arches – Can provide support for stressed arches
  • Bursitis – Also used to cushion
  • Back pain – An can help with rolling arches which can cause back pain
  • Bunions – Orthotic with a large toe area important
  •  – Can help to ensure hammertoe will not worsen
  • Heel spurs – Painful condition which will require cushioning


To get the right size your podiatrist will have to measure your feet and watch how you walk. Orthotics should fit your feet and footwear comfortably. X-rays and an MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imagining scan - may also be needed.

Basic types of Orthotics include:


  • Rigid – usually made from more solid materials such as carbon fiber or plastic to provide solid support and to correct walking patterns or gait. Best for walking shoes.
  • Soft – More cushioning material to relieve pressure on sore areas of the foot

Not all conditions can be treated with just anThe most effective treatment may be a combination depending on what your podiatrist thinks is best for you.

If you believe you have any of the conditions above and may benefit from an or have any other concerns about your feet, make an appointment with us here at Gentle Touch Footcare. Our doctors Bruce Theall, DPM and Priscilla Seshie, DPM will diagnose your feet and apply the most appropriate treatment. Our offices are located at 310 Central Avenue East, Orange, NJ, 07018. Our phone number is 973-673-3668 and our website is www.drtheall.com