Orthotics Specialist

Steven N Klein, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Mountain View, CA & Redwood City, CA

Custom-made orthotics are designed to support your feet, helping to eliminate pain, treat foot problems, and restore normal movement. Steven N. Klein, DPM, in Mountain View and Redwood City, California, creates orthotics that precisely fit your feet and target your unique foot and ankle problems. To learn more about orthotics and how they can help you, call the nearest office or schedule an appointment online today.

Orthotics Q & A

What are orthotics?

An orthotic can be any device that supports your body with the goal of relieving pain and improving function and movement. In foot care, orthotics are shoe inserts that produce different levels of effectiveness, depending on whether you have prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) orthotics.

You can purchase OTC orthotics that target certain problems. For example, they may ease heel pain, add arch support, or absorb shock.

If you have a mild foot problem, OTC products may provide all the help you need. But they’re a one-size-fits-all approach that primarily cushions the inside of your shoes. 

The orthotics available at your pharmacy don’t provide therapeutic treatment that targets your individual foot and ankle problems and actually improves foot mechanics.

How do customized orthotics help my feet?

When you get customized orthotics, they’re individually molded to meet your unique foot condition or movement problem. Prescription orthotics produce therapeutic results, relieving your pain while also:

  • Correcting imbalances
  • Absorbing shock
  • Offloading pressure
  • Eliminating strain
  • Providing stability
  • Improving gait biomechanics
  • Improving foot and ankle function
  • Controlling foot and ankle movement
  • Aligning your foot and ankle
  • Preventing or correcting deformities

Dr. Klein often prescribes orthotics to treat conditions such as plantar fasciitis, hammertoes, bunions, diabetic foot ulcers, and heel pain. You can also get customized orthotics that improve athletic performance.

What are the different types of orthotics?

Before deciding which type of orthotic is best for your condition, Dr. Klein performs a thorough evaluation of your feet, ankles, and legs. In addition to diagnosing foot conditions that cause your symptoms, he assesses your gait, balance, and movement.

Then Dr. Klein creates a mold of your foot to ensure your orthotic is a perfect fit and determines the type of orthotic you need to correct your problem.

The two basic types of orthotics are:

Functional orthotics

These orthotics are made from a semi-rigid material that can control your movement. Functional orthotics correct abnormal movement, off-load pressure, and treat injuries.

Accommodative orthotics

Accommodative orthotics consist of a softer material that provides therapeutic cushioning and support.

Your orthotics may contain both types of materials when needed to support your individual foot care needs.

When you have ongoing foot pain, orthotics may be the answer. To learn more, call Steven N. Klein, DPM, or book an appointment online today.