Center for Foot and Ankle Excellence
Kenneth J. D'Ortone, DPM, FACFAS
Podiatrist located in Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Your feet may need adjustment or help while healing, which is why Kenneth J. D’Ortone, DPM, at the Center for Foot and Ankle Excellence in Philadelphia can provide you with orthotic footwear to protect your feet while you heal. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of custom orthotics, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Orthotics Q & A
What are orthotics?
Orthotics are a foot pad or brace used to support your foot, ankle, or leg either during healing or if your foot needs correction from another foot disorder such as plantar fasciitis. Orthotic devices are usually custom-made but are also available in stores without a prescription.
After your consultation, Dr. D’Ortone determines if orthotics can help you and discusses what types of orthotics are available.
Why do I need orthotics?
Orthotic devices are used for many reasons. The most common reasons include:
- Aligning and supporting your foot or ankle
- Preventing or correcting deformities
- Improving function in your foot or ankle
If Dr. D’Ortone recommends an orthotic device, he educates you on the reasons during your visit and explains which orthotic device may help you.
Will I always need to wear orthotics?
Orthotics are usually temporary and used to treat a condition or to provide extra support when your foot or ankle is not strong enough. While some people may need to wear orthotics full time, it’s not always necessary.
Dr. D’Ortone discusses with you how long he expects you’ll need to wear the orthotic device for your specific situation.
What are the different kinds of orthotics?
Orthotic devices come in many different forms. The simplest orthotic is a shoe insert or a wedge. The shoe insert eases pressure on your foot while walking or running.
An ankle brace is placed around your foot and ankle before your sock and shoe. Braces can be soft or stiff depending on the amount of support you need.
Some orthotics devices are custom-made for a perfect fit to your foot. The kind of orthotic Dr. D’Ortone suggests varies depending on the reason for the orthotic and how long you’ll be using it.
Dr. D’Ortone wants to ensure proper healing and protection for your foot or ankle. An orthotic device can help you keep your foot or ankle protected. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of orthotics from Dr. D’Ortone and how they can help you, call the Center for Foot and Ankle Excellence or schedule an appointment online today.