Orthotics Specialist

Kaplansky Foot and Ankle Centers

Podiatrists located in Columbus, OH & Reynoldsburg, OH

If you have a foot or ankle condition that’s affecting your gait — the way your foot and ankle move when you walk — you may benefit from custom orthotics. At Kaplansky Foot and Ankle Centers, with locations in Columbus and Reynoldsburg, Ohio, David Kaplansky, DPM, Isin A. Mustafa, DPM, and Anthony Cozzolino, DPM, prescribe orthotics to address a variety of painful foot and ankle conditions. Call Kaplansky Foot and Ankle Centers or schedule a consultation online today to learn more.

Orthotics Q & A

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are shoe inserts that provide foot support and correct the way your foot and ankle move when you stand, walk, or run. Orthotics alleviate the discomfort, pressure, pain, and imbalance caused by foot and ankle deformities, injuries, misalignments, and degenerative diseases. While you can purchase over-the-counter orthotics, the podiatrists at Kaplansky Foot and Ankle Center prescribe custom-made orthotics to address your specific needs.

The podiatrists at Kaplansky Foot and Ankle Centers recommend orthotics in a variety of styles, including:

  • Arch supports
  • Insoles
  • Heel pads
  • Foot cushions

They provide either accommodative or functional support. Accommodative orthotics are made of softer materials and provide extra support and cushioning for improved comfort. They reduce pressure and stress on the problem area of the foot.

Functional orthotics, however, are more rigid. Your podiatrist suggests functional orthotics to address problems and pain associated with foot and ankle motion. The shape, size, and materials used to make orthotics vary, depending on your specific needs.

Why would I need orthotics?

Your podiatrist may recommend orthotics to correct biomechanical foot issues and ease pain and discomfort. Some of the foot and ankle conditions that improve with orthotics include:

  • Alignment issues in your feet and ankles
  • Pronation or supination — abnormal movements in your feet and ankles when you walk or run
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Flatfeet or high arches
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Balance issues
  • Athletic support

If you have pain in your feet, ankles, knees, hips, or back, orthotics could be an excellent option to manage the problem causing your pain.

What’s the difference between prescription and over-the-counter orthotics?

Prescription orthotics are custom-fitted and molded to address your specific foot structure, gait, and ailment. Over-the-counter inserts provide some support and cushioning to alleviate minor discomfort.

Podiatrist-prescribed orthotics are more durable and provide more support and correction than over-the-counter versions. Prescription orthotics are fitted and constructed using innovative technology that scans your foot, providing your podiatrists and orthotic laboratories with a computerized analysis of your foot that addresses your unique foot structure and walking style. Your podiatrist may also create a mold from a plaster cast of your foot.

If you’re troubled by foot and ankle pain, call Kaplansky Foot and Ankle Centers or schedule a consultation online today to find out how orthotics can relieve your discomfort.