Orthotics Specialist

Ideal Foot Care

Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Astoria, NY

Millions of Americans experience foot pain, and this pain is often due to irregularities with your foot or problems with how you walk. Albert Samandarov, DPM, of Ideal Foot Care in Queens, New York, designs custom orthotics to relieve painful, sore feet and treat foot-related problems, such as those due to diabetes. To find out more, call the Astoria office or schedule a consultation online.

Orthotics Q & A

What are orthotics?

An orthotic is a device inserted into your shoe to help fix the movements that are causing foot pain. Orthotics also can protect areas of your foot that are painful or sore.

Custom orthotics are specially made devices designed to support and comfort your feet. They fit your feet precisely and are made after your podiatrist at Ideal Foot Care conducts a complete examination of your feet, ankles, and legs.

Why do I need orthotics?

Orthotics treat an array of foot problems, including:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Pain in your foot, ankle, or heel

Studies have shown that podiatrist-prescribed orthotics not only help to alleviate foot pain, the devices also improve the function of the foot.

What are the types of orthotics?

A variety of different orthotic devices, such as rigid, semi-rigid, and soft orthotics, are available to treat foot conditions.

Rigid orthotics

The most commonly used type of orthotics, rigid orthotics are usually made of carbon fiber or plastic. These inserts run the entire length of your shoe to stabilize your foot, relieve pain, and correct any mechanical issues.

Soft orthotics

Generally made out of soft, compressible materials, soft orthotics are worn in your shoe to protect parts of your foot and alleviate pain. Soft orthotics are a popular solution for people with foot deformities or those who spend hours on their feet.

Semi-rigid orthotics

Also known as sports orthotics, semi-rigid orthotics include a hard bottom layer and padding. These orthotics provide protection, support, and mobility to athletes.

What are orthotics for sports?

Custom orthotics are specifically designed to wear in athletic footwear, including in:

  • Ice skates
  • Inline skates
  • Skis

Custom orthotics for these sports are similar to the semi-rigid orthotics used in other athletic activities.

Do children need orthotics?

The most common reason for kids to wear orthotics is to correct an early childhood deformity. Wearing an orthotic device at a young age can encourage the foot to repair itself naturally — to avoid the need for surgery.

Orthotics also can help alleviate foot-related symptoms of childhood conditions. A recent study of children with juvenile arthritis found that kids who wore custom orthotics had less pain and moved around better than children who didn’t wear orthotics.

Because children’s feet are continually growing, their orthotic inserts typically need to be replaced every two shoe sizes.

If you or a loved one might benefit from orthotics, call Ideal Foot Care today or book a consultation online.