Orthotics are prescription inserts that support the unique curves of your feet. They provide a noninvasive way to treat foot, back, or leg pain. This pain is often caused by poor posture, structural abnormalities, or mechanical issues.
At Lake Washington Foot and Ankle Clinic, Dr. Prakash uses orthotics to treat various conditions that affect the feet and ankles, including:
You might also benefit from orthotics if you regularly experience foot pain because of your job or hobbies.
At Lake Washington Foot and Ankle Clinic, Dr. Prakash offers several types of orthotics, including:
Rigid orthotics are made from materials like plastic or carbon fiber. They slip inside of close-toed shoes and prevent foot aches and strains. Dr. Prakash might prescribe functional orthotics if you regularly experience foot, back, or leg pain.
Accommodative orthotics are made from soft and cushion-like materials. They help take pressure off of open wounds or sore spots, like diabetic ulcers. Accommodative orthotics are bulkier than functional orthotics, so you might have to wear prescription shoes with them.
At Lake Washington Foot and Ankle Clinic, Dr. Prakash makes orthotics the “old-fashioned” way. To do that, he takes plaster casts of each of your feet to capture your foot in neutral suspension –– the correct position for walking –– ensuring a perfect fit.
After taking your molds, Dr. Prakash sends them to a podiatry laboratory. Technicians at the lab use your molds to design and manufacture a pair of custom orthotics. You return to Lake Washington Foot and Ankle Clinic when the lab finishes your orthotics.
Dr. Prakash has you try your orthotics and makes adjustments if needed. Then, he explains how to keep your orthotics in optimal condition.
Custom orthotics typically last two or three years*, but it’s possible to extend their use with proper care. Dr. Prakash recommends wearing your orthotics with supportive footwear and visiting the office at least once each year for routine checkups.
If you regularly experience musculoskeletal pain, you may be a candidate for orthotics. Make an appointment at Lake Washington Foot and Ankle Clinic by calling the office or booking online today.
*Individual results may vary.