Orthotics are perhaps the single most useful tool that Dr. Joel Segalman, Dr. Stephen Lazaroff, and Dr. Brittany Ciaramello, at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC, in New Haven County and Fairfield County have in their toolkits. Custom orthotics help patients of all ages reduce their risk of injury, improve their athletic performance, eliminate their pain, and help them live life to the fullest. And they’re for all ages!
There are numerous different diagnoses that can be treated or managed using orthotics, including:
But the fundamental problem in all these issues is either your feet aren’t really doing what they should or they can’t cushion the weight of your steps effectively and evenly.
That’s often the result of structural issues with the way the feet are shaped or the way that the joints shift. Other contributing factors might include being overweight or having active hobbies or occupations.
In simple terms, orthotics provide your feet with the extra shock absorption, motion and stability control, and arch support they’ve been doing without.
They are designed to fit a wide variety of foot shapes, and they’re constructed from all types of materials. Designed to address a wide variety of painful conditions, they are quite versatile.
Most parents don’t need a long explanation to understand why their child might need orthotics for a foot issue. There is one thing, however, that makes them a bit trickier for kids, and that’s because their feet are still growing. And while a good pair of adult custom orthotics might last years if they are well maintained, kids can outgrow theirs pretty quickly.
So you may need to visit our office more frequently if your child has been fitted with custom orthotics.
If your feet are hurting for any reason, don’t hesitate - contact the offices of Dr. Joel Segalman, Dr. Stephen Lazaroff, and Dr. Brittany Ciaramello at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC, in New Haven County and Fairfield County, to schedule a consultation. You can reach our Waterbury office at (203) 755-0489, or our Newtown office at (203) 270-6724.