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Orthotics can help alleviate foot pain and discomfort in otherwise healthy individuals. The most effective orthotics are custom-made inserts that are designed specifically to meet the needs of a particular person. Of the three types of orthotics available, semi-rigid orthotics are the most versatile.
Need for semi-rigid orthotics
Semi-rigid orthotics are crafted to provide the control of a rigid orthotic and the cushioning of a soft orthotic. They help balance the foot while walking or participating in sports. Semi-rigid orthotics promote optimum physical performance.
How semi-rigid orthotics work
The classic semi-rigid orthotic has multiple layers of soft material, reinforced with harder materials. Like soft and rigid orthotics, they are created based on measurements from a podiatrist's mold of the feet.
Use for athletes
Semi-rigid orthotics increase foot balance, helping to guide the foot through proper movement. This allows the muscles and tendons in the feet and legs to function more efficiently. Athletes often favor semi-rigid orthotics to help reduce pain while training and competing. Each sport has unique physical demands so every orthotic is constructed with both the athlete and the demands of the sport taken into consideration.
Use for children
Semi-rigid orthotics are also recommended for children with flat feet or in-toeing and out-toeing foot disorders. The orthotics help regulate movement and balance the dynamic movement of the feet.
To be fitted for semi-rigid orthotics for sports use or to have your child fitted to treat a foot disorder, schedule an appointment with your podiatrist.