High quality, Custom Orthotics
These days foot orthotics seem to be everywhere, but when we at FootPath Foot Care use the term “foot orthotic” we mean a custom-made foot support specifically for your unique foot. Most over-the-counter “orthotics” or “custom-fit” orthotics are simply arch supports. Often these non-prescription “orthotics” or “custom-fit” orthotics require that your feet to adapt to them. We design our custom-made orthotics to adapt to your feet. Most people quickly feel the difference.
A Rigid orthotic is designed to control function and are used primarily for walking or dress shoes. They are often composed of a firm material, such as plastic or carbon fiber. Rigid orthotics control motion in the two major foot joints that lie directly below the ankle joint and may improve or eliminate strains, aches, and pains in the legs, thighs, and lower back. For this purpose, the orthotics are fabricated with higher sides.
Semi Rigid Orthotics provides dynamic balance of the foot while walking or participating in sports. This orthotic is not a crutch, but an aid to the athlete. Each sport has its own demand and each sport orthotic needs to be constructed appropriately with the sport and the athlete taken into consideration. This functional dynamic orthotic helps guide the foot through proper functions, allowing the muscles and tendons to perform more efficiently. The classic, semirigid orthotic is constructed of layers of soft material, reinforced with more rigid materials.
Soft orthotics are generally used to absorb shock, increase balance, and take pressure off uncomfortable or sore spots. They are usually effective for diabetic, arthritic, and deformed feet. Soft orthotics are typically made up of soft, cushioned materials so that they can be worn against the sole of the foot, extending from the heel past the ball of the foot, including the toes. Because it is compressible, the soft orthotic is usually bulkier and may require extra room in shoes.