Foot and Ankle Care of Passaic
Podiatry located in Elmwood Park, NJ
Orthotics aren’t just for foot pain (although that’s certainly a major benefit); they can also realign your entire spine and relieve chronic knee, hip, and even lower back pain. With his expertise in modern orthotic fabrication, Sean Rosenblum, DPM, provides custom orthotics fittings at Foot and Ankle Care of Passaic. Find out how orthotics can benefit you by booking an exam online or by calling the Lodi, New Jersey, clinic directly.
Orthotics Q & A
What are the benefits of orthotics?
Orthotics (or orthoses) are inserts that go into your shoe to correct an abnormal or irregular walking pattern or foot condition.
Even though you have access to a wide variety of one-size-fits-all orthotics from the store, they generally only help with mild issues and don’t provide the same level of correction as custom orthotics.
Getting fitted for a pair of custom orthotics can help relieve and prevent chronic foot pain, especially if you have an underlying condition, such as plantar fasciitis. Custom orthotics are also beneficial because they:
- Help with ankle instability issues
- Give you support if you have deformities, such as bunions
- Relieve force and pressure on your feet associated with sports or work
- Off-load your weight if you have a wound, which is important for diabetics
Custom orthotics are uniquely designed for each of your feet, so you can expect relief from all kinds of pain-causing conditions.
Which type of orthotics do I need?
At Foot and Ankle Care of Passaic, Dr. Rosenblum examines your feet and talks with you about any concerns you may have. Depending on your diagnosis, he may recommend any of the orthotics described below.
Rigid orthotics are specially designed to control abnormal function while walking. They’re made of a firm material, like plastic or carbon fiber, and can help improve or eliminate strains and sprains, chronic aches, and pain in your legs, hips, and lower back.
Soft orthotics are prescribed to absorb shock, increase balance, and take the pressure off of certain areas (as when you have a wound). These types of orthotics are particularly beneficial if you have diabetes, arthritis, or foot deformities.
Semirigid orthotics are beneficial for optimizing balance, especially if you have instability issues from an ankle sprain. Dr. Rosenblum may prescribe semirigid orthotics to help treat or prevent sports injuries, so you can perform at your best.
What’s the method for designing orthotics?
Once your orthotics examination at Foot and Ankle Care of Passaic is complete, Dr. Rosenblum creates molds of each of your feet with either a plaster material or a 3D computer program.
He forwards your molds to the podiatric lab for fabrication. Your custom orthotics should arrive back in the office within about two to three weeks.
Book your orthotics evaluation at Foot and Ankle Care of Passaic today. Click on the online scheduler or call to speak with a team member.