Orthotics Specialist

David Mehl, DPM, FACFAS -  - Board Certified Podiatrist, Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Forest Hills Family Foot Care

David Mehl, DPM, FACFAS

Board Certified Podiatrist, Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Flushing, Forest Hills, NY

If you’re dealing with a sports injury, bunions, diabetic foot problems, or other types of painful or disruptive foot and ankle issues, custom orthotics can gently correct the issue while relieving pain. At Forest Hills Family Foot Care, podiatrist David Mehl, DPM, expertly analyzes your issues and then designs orthotics to fit your specific needs. Click the provided link or call the Forest Hills office in Queens, New York, to find out how custom orthotics can help you walk and live better.

Orthotics Q & A

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are prescription in-shoe devices that help to correct a number of different foot and ankle problems, from chronic foot pain to issues with your stride. 

An orthotics lab produces orthotics for your foot measurements to achieve a perfect fit and optimal correction.

When might I need orthotics?

Some of the many different conditions that may lead Dr. Mehl to prescribe orthotics include:

  • Arthritis
  • Bunions
  • Flat feet
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Neuromas
  • Sports injuries
  • Ankle instability

Although most orthotics are shoe inserts, you may need a special type of orthotic, an ankle-foot orthosis (AFO), to correct major instability problems in your lower limbs. Many people wear AFOs to help with recovery after fractures, strokes, and other neurological or musculoskeletal issues.

How do orthotics work?

The two general purposes of orthotics are comfort and correction, and the two types of orthotics work in different ways.

Accommodative orthotics

Accommodative orthotics are made from soft material, like memory foam. They support your feet and relieve pressure in certain problem areas. 

You might need this kind of orthotic as part of your diabetic foot care program because it can protect healing ulcers and vulnerable areas in your feet.

Functional orthotics

Functional orthotics, as the name implies, improve your physical function. They help to control abnormal movement by guiding your foot into the appropriate position. 

Functional orthotics are much harder than their accommodative counterparts. You could need this form of orthotics if you have issues like tendinitis or flat feet.

Both types of orthotics may require a bit of adjustment, but they're comfortable and easy to wear because they're made for your feet. 

How long do orthotics last?

If you take care of your orthotics, such as wearing them only in the shoes they're designed for, they normally last several years. 

When you have foot health checkups, or if you have new foot or ankle problems, bring your orthotics into the Forest Hills Family Foot Care office so Dr. Mehl can assess them and determine whether it's time to replace them.

Call Forest Hills Family Foot Care or click the provided scheduling link to learn more about how custom orthotics can make your feet happy again.