Orthotics Specialist

Allyson B. Fried, DPM, MD -  - Podiatrist

Allyson B. Fried, DPM, MD

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Los Angeles, Culver City, CA

Many foot and ankle issues can be relieved or even treated with the use of a customized orthotic device. Dr. Allyson B. Fried, of the Culver City, Los Angeles, California area has over 30 years of experience in the use of orthotics for treatment of common podiatry-related concerns. If you would like to discuss how orthotics can help your foot or ankle problems, call or book an appointment with Dr. Fried’s office today.

Orthotics Q & A

What is an orthotic?

An orthotic device is a customized pad or shoe insert that gives support and helps treat many common foot and ankle problems. These devices are usually specific to you and are created with consideration of your podiatry issue, your gait, and your specific body measurements.  

The main objectives of the use of an orthotic are:

  • Aligning the foot and ankle
  • Supporting the foot and ankle
  • Preventing or correcting foot deformities
  • Relieving pressure on tendons and ligaments
  • Improving gait and overall function of the foot and ankle

In some cases, the proper use of an orthotic device may help you avoid surgical intervention.

Which conditions may be helped from using an orthotic?

There are many common foot and ankle conditions that may be helped by the use of a customized orthotic device. Some of these conditions are:

  • Arthritis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bursitis
  • Bunion
  • Heel spur
  • Flat foot
  • Cavus foot
  • Runner’s knee

Dr. Fried measures you for your orthotic device in her office and ensures that your device meets the goal of relieving your pain and restoring you to your full mobility.

What kinds of orthotics are there?

An orthotic device may differ in size, length, and shape to achieve its purpose. It may be a small pad that fits inside your shoe or, if needed, may extend up your ankle or leg.

There are two basic types of orthotics:

Rigid orthotics

Rigid orthotics are stiff and made of plastic or carbon. These typically help with pain in feet, legs, ankles, and back.

Soft orthotics

Soft orthotics are soft and made of compressible material. They are supportive and are often used by athletes to support their feet and ankles during activity.  

After a thorough exam and evaluation, Dr. Fried will consult with you to determine if an orthotic is right for your foot or ankle condition. If so, she will use her expertise to create the right customized orthotic for you.

To discuss the use of orthotics for your foot or ankle conditions, call or book your appointment today.