Orthotics Specialist

Integrity Foot & Ankle Center, LLC

Patrick M. Qualtire, DPM

Podiatrist & Alternative Medicine located in Cumming, GA

If you regularly experience foot, back, or leg pain, orthotics can limit discomfort, boost mobility, and improve your overall quality of life. At Integrity Foot & Ankle Center, LLC, in Cumming, Georgia, board-certified podiatrist Patrick Qualtire, DPM, uses orthotics to treat a variety of common musculoskeletal problems. To schedule an appointment, call the office and speak with a friendly team member, or book a consultation online today.

Orthotics Q & A

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are custom-crafted devices that support the unique structure of your feet and ankles. Orthotics require a prescription from a qualified podiatrist, unlike over-the-counter shoe inserts and heel pads that you buy at a grocery store or pharmacy.

Dr. Qualtire regularly prescribes orthotics to:

  • Correct foot abnormalities
  • Improve foot and ankle function
  • Provide ankle support
  • Reduce the risk of future injuries

When combined with at-home stretches, pain medications, and regular check-ups, orthotics can limit pain and encourage mobility.

What conditions can benefit from orthotics?

Orthotics are incredibly versatile and can treat a variety of common musculoskeletal conditions, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Bunions
  • Back pain
  • Flat feet
  • Hammertoes
  • Heel pain
  • Heel spurs
  • Neuromas
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Ingrown toenails

You might also benefit from orthotics if you’re an athlete or a physically active individual. Certain types or orthotics can address positional concerns with your feet and legs, lowering your risk of an injury.

What are the different types of orthotics?

Dr. Qualtire offers several types of orthotics, including:

Rigid orthotics

Rigid orthotics are made of plastic or fiberglass. They’re thin, stiff, and inflexible. Rigid orthotics can ease foot aches and strains as well as pain in the legs, thighs, or lower back.  

Accommodative orthotics

Accommodative orthotics are soft and padded. They’re thick and made from soft compression materials. Accommodative orthotics are bulkier than their rigid counterparts. They’re ideal for treating pain caused by plantar fasciitis or diabetic foot ulcers.

Am I a good candidate for orthotics?

Only a qualified podiatrist like Dr. Qualtire can determine if you’re a good candidate for orthotics. Before making a recommendation, he reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms and lifestyle, and physically examines your feet, ankles, and toes.

Afterward, Dr. Qualtire observes your gait and posture and has you perform a series of easy stretches and range-of-motion exercises. If necessary, he might also order X-rays or an MRI to get a closer look at the bones, joints, and soft tissues in your feet and ankles.

If Dr. Qualtire determines you can benefit from orthotics, he takes 3-D images of each foot using an advanced foot scanner. He sends these scans to a medical laboratory. The laboratory manufactures your custom orthotics to the unique structure of your feet.

To explore orthotics further, schedule an appointment at Integrity Foot & Ankle Center, LLC. Call the office to speak with a friendly staff member or book a consultation online today.