Orthotics Specialist

Garden State Foot & Ankle Specialists

Podiatrists located in Plainfield, Scotch Plains, Edison, Woodbridge, Springfield & Linden, NJ

When it comes to treating a wide variety of causes for foot, heel, ankle, or toe problems, there’s often a simple solution: Orthotics. The skilled team of podiatrists at Garden State Foot & Ankle Specialists, with locations in Plainfield, Scotch Plains, Springfield, and Linden, New Jersey, offers custom-made orthotics tailored to your individual needs. Orthotics provide invaluable arch support that can alleviate many causes of pain and irritation. To see if orthotics are right for you, call the office nearest you or book your visit online today.

Orthotics Q & A

What are orthotics? 

Orthotics are custom-designed devices you wear inside your shoe to better support the arch, ball, and heel of your foot. The team at Garden State Foot & Ankle Specialists can prescribe orthotics tailor-made for you and your needs. 

The improved support orthotics provide can help alleviate pain and even cure a host of foot and ankle conditions, including: 

  • Bunions 
  • Hammertoe
  • Heel spurs
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Flat feet
  • Neuroma

Orthotics are also a great choice for diabetics to protect their feet from developing corns and calluses or other issues that could lead to slow-healing wounds.

Even if you don’t have a condition you think orthotics can help with, wearing orthotics is a good way to maintain strong, healthy feet and ankles. They can make footwear more comfortable and help limit the stress you place on the ligaments, tendons, and muscles in your feet. 

What do orthotics do? 

Orthotics are incredibly versatile devices. Your podiatrist at Garden State Foot & Ankle Specialists can custom-design orthotics that target the underlying cause of your injury or deformity. 

Your orthotic inserts can help: 

  • Alleviate chronic pain
  • Enhance joint function
  • Provide support and stability to muscles, ligaments, and tendons
  • Help a surgically repaired area recover 

Your podiatrist designs your orthotics with your needs and preferences in mind. In most cases, they prescribe orthotics in combination with other conservative treatment methods, such as physical therapy, and lifestyle modifications.

Will I adjust to my orthotics right away? 

Your podiatrist at Garden State Foot & Ankle Specialists will help you better understand your specific situation. In some cases, they have you ease in when it comes to wearing your orthotics. That could mean wearing them only a few hours per day at first, then gradually allowing your feet to grow accustomed to the new inserts. 

However, getting used to wearing your orthotics shouldn’t take more than a few days. Your podiatrist outlines a plan so that you know exactly how often to wear them until doing so begins to feel second nature.

How long do I need to wear orthotics? 

This varies greatly on a case by case basis. For some, wearing orthotics may end up becoming a way of life to provide better support and stave off future foot and ankle problems. In some cases, your podiatrist may recommend wearing orthotics for a limited period of time to treat one acute condition you’re dealing with. 

To ask more questions about orthotics and to find out if they may be right for you, call the office nearest you or book a visit online at Garden State Foot & Ankle Specialists today.