Orthotics can relieve problems like flat feet or foot and ankle pain, or provide back support. Chiropractor Steve Harris can custom fit various kinds of orthotics and provides a number of other chiropractic services at Sugar Land Health Center in Sugar Land, Fort Bend County Texas.
What’s an Orthotic?
The terms orthotics and orthosis are often used interchangeably, although the first is the practice of making and fitting these support devices, which are correctly called orthoses. An orthosis is used to correct or modify a musculoskeletal problem like flat feet. Shoe inserts are the most common and probably best-recognized form of orthoses, but they may also include devices like a brace or specialized back support. Orthoses are used to provide support and cushioning, restrict movement, or as a treatment during rehabilitation.
Are There Different Kinds of Orthotics?
There’s a variety of orthotic products. At Sugar Land Health Center we offer heel lifts that effect not only foot comfort but spinal posture correction along with back braces.
Our team is available for custom fittings for these products. Orthotics are offered in addition to treatment if the patient needs it. A patient’s needs are determine on a case by case basis by our doctor’s diagnosis.
How Are Orthotics Used?
The various types of orthoses are used to treat musculoskeletal conditions. Among these are excessively flat feet or unequal leg length. Plantar fasciitis is a painful inflammation of the fascia – a broad band of tissue on the bottom of the foot. The orthotic is used to cushion and support the fascia while it heals. Orthoses might also be used for bursitis and tendinitis in the foot, ankle and lower leg, heel injuries that cause chronic pain, or diabetic foot ulcers.
Who Can Fit My Orthotic?
Someone who just needs a little cushioning may do fine with an over-the-counter shoe insert that needs no special fitting. People with serious or chronic pain in the feet, ankles and knees need a thorough assessment and a custom-fitted orthosis. Chiropractors and podiatrists can fit many foot and ankle orthoses, while something like a custom back brace requires the services of an orthotist who is specially trained to make these devices. Orthoses must also be replaced periodically and should be refitted at that time.
To learn more about our services, call us today. We would be happy to speak with you and answer any questions you may have!