Tier Wellness

Chiropractic & Wellness Center located in Long Beach, CA

Custom orthotics can relieve foot pain, ensure normal foot movement, and improve your sports performance by properly supporting your foot mechanics. Adam Sandahl, DC, CCEP, at Tier Wellness Center, prescribes foot orthotics that are tailor-made to your unique foot problem and the type of activity you enjoy. To find out if you’re a good candidate for custom foot orthotics, call the office in Long Beach, California, or book an appointment online.

Orthotics Q & A

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are customized devices that go inside your shoes, where they support your foot and improve foot function. The orthotics available in your local pharmacy may offer some relief from mild foot pain. However, they don’t provide the therapeutic effect of customized orthotics.

When your foot is injured or stressed, you change the way you move to avoid pain. This puts your whole body out of balance, placing extra stress on your legs, hips, and spine. Orthotics can solve the problem.

What are the different types of orthotics?

There are many shapes and types of orthotics, so Dr. Sandahl chooses the one that corrects your individual problem. After taking a cast or image of your foot, the doctor orders one of the following types of custom orthotics:

Rigid orthotics

These shoe inserts are made from a firm material that controls foot movement or function. They’re also used to correct imbalances and provide stability when you walk. Rigid orthotics eliminate strain and pain in your feet, legs, and lower back.

Soft orthotics

These orthotics are made from soft materials that primarily cushion and protect. They absorb shock and take pressure away from painful areas of your foot.

Semi-rigid orthotics

As the name says, they’re made from both materials, consisting of a layer of soft material that’s reinforced with a rigid material. This type of orthotic is often used by athletes to prevent pain during training or competition.

What are ankle-foot orthotics?

If you have ankle weakness or chronic instability, Dr. Sandahl may prescribe an ankle-foot orthotic, which controls your ankle’s motion and position.

Ankle-foot orthotics resemble the back side of a boot that goes down the back of your leg and under your foot, then you fasten straps to secure it to your foot and leg.

Can I get specialized sports orthotics?

If you have a foot problem that affects your performance, Dr. Sandahl can prescribe customized orthotics that can help by:

  • Reducing fatigue
  • Absorbing shock
  • Offloading impact
  • Maintaining alignment

Correcting one or more of those problems often makes a big difference in sports performance. You may also be able to get orthotics that help with specific injuries, such as shin splints.

If your feet are sore, or you can feel your foot twisting or turning improperly, call Tier Wellness Center or book an appointment online to discuss custom orthotics.