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(251) 928-6768

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Fairhope, Brewton, Atmore, Jay



Orthotics "Orthotics" are custom fitted in shoe devices that support and correct the alignment of the feet, lower limbs and indirectly the entire torso. They are used to control, guide, limit and/or add to the body segment for particular physical benefit; mostly to assist and promote movement, thereby reducing abnormal weight bearing forces. They aid in the rehabilitation from fractures and correct the shape and/or function of the entire body starting in the feet, providing easier movement patterns while reducing pain.

Orthotic devices come in many shapes, sizes, and materials and fall into three main categories: those designed to change foot function, those that are primarily protective in nature, and those that combine functional control and protection.

Rigid Orthotics

Rigid orthotic devices are designed to control function and are used primarily for walking or dress shoes. They are often composed of a firm material, such as plastic or carbon fiber. Rigid orthotics are made from a mold after a podiatrist takes a plaster cast or other kind of image of the foot. Rigid orthotics control motion in the two major foot joints that lie directly below the ankle joint and may improve or eliminate strains, aches, and pains in the legs, thighs, and lower back.

Soft Orthotics

Soft orthotics are generally used to absorb shock, increase balance, and take pressure off uncomfortable or sore spots. They are usually effective for diabetic, arthritic, and deformed feet. Soft orthotics are typically made up of soft, cushioned materials so that they can be worn against the sole of the foot, extending from the heel past the ball of the foot, including the mold after a podiatrist takes a plaster cast or other kind of image of the foot.

Semi-Rigid Orthotics

Semi-rigid orthotics provide foot balance for walking or participating in sports. The typical semi-rigid orthotic is made up of layers of soft material, reinforced with more rigid materials. Semi-rigid orthotics are often prescribed for children to treat flatfoot and in-toeing or out-toeing disorders. These orthotics are also used to help athletes mitigate pain while they train and compete.

Southeast Podiatry can fit you for these orthotics, call us to make an appointment with Dr. Brent Harwood or Dr. Brad Egly.