The Importance Of Foot Orthotics
By: Houston Family Foot and Ankle
About Foot Orthotics
Okay, let's begin with a quick introduction about foot orthotics. What exactly are foot orthotics and why are these recommended by doctors? Well, the first part of the answer is quite simple. Foot orthotics are merely custom support. The second part of the question can be best answered by a doctor. However, in general, foot orthotics are used to help correct a problem and/or provide relief.
Why Do People use Foot Orthotics?
Usually, people use foot orthotics to help prevent pain in the heels of their feet. A fairly common example is to help people deal with shin splints or perhaps another condition, such as runner's knee. Foot orthotics are helpful for people who have such issues.
How Long do People use Foot Orthotics?
This really depends on the specifics of the particular situation. Put another way, it's just too vague to provide a good answer. However, people can use foot orthotics for a few weeks, months, or even years. Again though, the amount of time for using foot orthotics is situation-specific.
Types of Foot Orthotics
There are different types of foot orthotics. Most often, foot orthotics are broken down into two broad categories -- these are functional and accommodative. (There are many more types but for the purposes here, we'll stick with the two main categories.)
In general, functional foot orthotics are used in cases where the person has some sort of foot biometric issue. That means people who have abnormal conditions in their feet. So, functional foot orthotics do just what the name implies.
Now, accommodative foot orthotics are more common when it comes to helping prevent mild kinds of pain. Also, accommodative foot orthotics might be used to deal with minor problems. For instance, accommodative foot orthotics include things like braces, casts, as well as splints.
There are also hybrid types of foot orthotics. These are a combination of functional and accommodative. Here again, it depends on the person's condition and needs.
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