Orthotic Devices

Foot and Ankle Specialist in the Torrance

Orthotic devices, or orthotics, are externally applied devices used to modify the structure and function of the neuromuscular and skeletal system. Orthotics can be used for a variety of reasons for the spine, upper limbs, lower limbs, ankles, and feet. When treating ankle and foot conditions, orthotics may be recommended for various reasons, including:

  • Support and alignment of the foot and ankle
  • Prevention or correction of foot deformities
  • Accommodation of a foot deformity (to restrict or assist movement)
  • Immobilize a joint or portion of the foot and ankle
  • Improve overall function

Orthotics can be purchased over the counter at many pharmacies or even at sporting goods stores, and commonly include shoe inserts, arch supports, cushions, or pads. They can also be custom-molded and individually designed for a patient’s shoe or ankle bracing.

Orthotics are used in the treatment of many foot and ankle conditions, from flatfoot, corns, and bunions to hammer toe, heel pain, and arthritic conditions. The type of orthotic used will depend on the underlying condition and its severity, and your doctor’s recommendation.

For many patients, orthotic devices have been found to provide significant relief from pain and irritation, and can allow for improved mobility when walking or during physical activity. While orthotics can be an effective conservative approach to treating many conditions and managing symptoms, they may not always address the underlying issue. As such, patients who continue to experience pain and adverse symptoms involving the foot or ankle should seek an evaluation from an orthopedic specialist to determine if other nonsurgical or surgical treatment approaches are necessary.

Comprehensive Care from Torrance Memorial Physician Network

A board certified specialist at Torrance Memorial Physician Network will take a comprehensive approach to your care. We often use orthotics in the management of foot and ankle conditions, along with other treatment approaches, to provide the best possible results. To learn more about our services and how our South Bay foot and ankle specialist can help you, call to request an appointment.