Functional orthotics 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
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.
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ASA Treatment Facilities
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.