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About Orthotics

If you have arthritis, diabetes, or a problem affecting your feet or ankles, you may benefit from the custom orthotics a Midsouth Independent Group (MIG) podiatry specialist offers. In Memphis, Tennessee, MIG providers specialize in custom orthotics like shoe inserts and braces to support your movements and relieve pressure off painful joints. To schedule a consultation to discuss your options for orthotics, contact a Midsouth Independent Group provider.

Orthotics Q & A

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are devices that support your feet and ankles. They may be useful as a preventive treatment to provide extra cushioning to your joints, so you can be physically active without pain. Orthotics can also help reduce persistent pain from chronic foot and ankle conditions like osteoarthritis. 

The different types of orthotics include:

Soft orthotics

Soft orthotics help absorb the shock of your movements and keep pressure off your foot and ankle joints.

Semi-rigid orthotics

Semi-rigid orthotics are a harder material than soft orthotics. They can improve your balance and support your muscles and joints when walking, playing sports, or during other physical activities.

Rigid orthotics

Rigid orthotics control motion in the major foot joints that sit below the ankle joint. They are a durable, firm material that helps control your joint function.

Am I a candidate for orthotics?

Your MIG podiatry provider may recommend orthotics to treat conditions like:

  • Bunions

  • Flat feet

  • High arches

  • Heel spurs

  • Hammertoe

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Arthritis

  • Deformities in the foot and ankle joints

You may also need orthotics to prevent foot damage from underlying issues like diabetes or poor blood circulation. They can also help reduce back pain.

Orthotics are available in a variety of styles. One of the most common types of orthotics is inserts that slide into your shoes to provide extra support and cushioning. Inserts can help relieve the discomfort of bunions, corns, and calluses.

Depending on the podiatric condition you have, you may also benefit from orthotics like toe separators, heel wedges, or leg braces.

What are the benefits of custom orthotics?

While many types of orthotics are available over-the-counter, your MIG provider offers custom orthotics to improve your results.

Custom orthotics are made from molds of your foot to ensure they fit properly and provide the support you need based on your condition. You can expect your podiatrist to take measurements of your foot to create your orthotics with a high level of precision.

The use of custom orthotics can reduce your risk of injury and pain when you stand for long periods of time or when you engage in physical activity.

To find out if you’re a candidate for orthotics, contact a Midsouth Independent Group provider today.