A functional orthotic can relieve your foot, leg, and
back pain or improve your performance as a runner or skier.
In simple terms, a functional orthotic is a precisely
made balancing device that fits into your footgear and improves foot
function by controlling excessive or unnecessary motion while standing,
walking or running.
Biomechanics is the study of motion and movement.
The importance of biomechanics is easier to understand when we
realize that each of us has a very individualized anatomy, based on familial
characteristics. We are all different sizes, shapes, strengths,
flexibilities, etc. Nowhere in the body are these individual characteristics
more evident than in the feet. The relative size and spacing of the bones,
the height of the arch, ligament tensions, and so forth vary widely.
Along with this, we must consider the limitless variety
of jobs and athletic activities in which we participate with footwear
designed for the so-called "normal foot". Is it any wonder that foot, leg
and back pain are so prevalent?
Functional orthotics are fabricated over a model of
your foot which captures your individual characteristics ... arch height,
bone size and pressure points. The materials used in making the orthotic
inserts will vary depending on the need. Some are quite rigid, others
flexible, while others may be a combination of materials. Each is
specifically designed to control excessive or abnormal motions and thus
relieve the associated pain, and help restore good foot function.
Biomechanically designed orthotic devices are effective
in treating many athletic injuries. These individualized custom devices are
particularly helpful because of the added demands on an athlete’s feet and
legs. Early diagnosis and treatment often can prevent or lessen the severity
of an injury and keep an athlete "in the game".
In summary, the professional examination and
fabrication of biomechanical orthotics can provide considerable relief for
foot, leg, and back pain -- as well as improve the performance of runners,
skiers and other athletes.
Can functional orthotics help you? We make it easy to find out. Here's
The physicians and staff of the A Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Centers
maintain two complete podiatric clinical facilities and provide 24-hour
emergency service. We participate in most health plans including Blue Cross
/ Blue Shield, Medicare, and Medicaid. We complete and file all necessary
insurance forms and make every effort to assure you of maximum benefits with
minimum out-of-pocket expense.
You are invited to make an appointment today to relieve your foot
problems by calling us at 970-493-4660 or