Orthotics play a vital role in providing support, stability, and relief for individuals with various foot and lower limb conditions. Whether you're an athlete recovering from an injury or someone seeking improved mobility and comfort, understanding what orthotics are, and what option is best for you, specialist Ken G Sakuda, DPM located in Honolulu, Hawaii can help. To see if you can benefit from orthotics, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.


What are Orthotics?

Orthotics, also known as orthoses, are custom-made or pre-fabricated devices designed to support, correct, or enhance the function of the feet and lower limbs. These devices are commonly inserted into shoes and provide additional cushioning, stability, and alignment to address a range of foot and lower limb conditions. Dr. Sakuda's goal is to find the best orthotic that's right for you.

Why might Orthotics be needed?

Orthotics are needed for various reasons, including:

  • Foot Conditions: Orthotics can alleviate pain and discomfort associated with conditions such as plantar fasciitis, flat feet, high arches, bunions, and hammertoes. They help distribute pressure evenly, correct foot alignment, and provide support to reduce strain on affected areas.

  • Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation: Athletes and individuals recovering from foot or lower limb injuries can benefit from orthotics. They help promote proper biomechanics, reduce stress on vulnerable areas, and aid in the recovery process.

  • Corrective Purposes: Orthotics can address gait abnormalities, such as overpronation (excessive inward rolling of the foot) or supination (inward rolling of the foot), by providing corrective support and promoting more efficient movement.

If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact Dr. Sakuda to see if orthotics might be right for you.

What are common risk factors for needing Orthotics?

While orthotics can be beneficial for many individuals, certain risk factors may increase the likelihood of needing them, such as:

  • Foot Structure: People with flat feet or high arches may experience foot imbalances, leading to an increased risk of foot conditions that may require orthotic intervention.

  • Biomechanical Abnormalities: Gait irregularities, such as overpronation or supination, can put excessive strain on the feet and lower limbs, making orthotics necessary for improved alignment and function.

  • Foot Injuries: Previous foot or lower limb injuries can result in long-term imbalances, instability, or weakness, warranting orthotic support during the recovery process.

What are common types of Orthotics?

Orthotics come in various forms, depending on the individual's specific needs. Some common types include:

  • Custom-Made Orthotics: These are tailor-made orthotics designed based on an individual's foot shape, biomechanics, and specific condition. They provide optimal support and correction, addressing unique requirements.

  • Pre-Fabricated Orthotics: These are pre-made orthotics available in standard sizes and designs. While less personalized than custom-made options, they offer a more affordable and readily available solution for milder foot issues.

Dr. Sakuda will suggest the best option based on your needs. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today to have Dr. Sakuda help you decide if orthotics can benefit you.

Ken G Sakuda, DPM LLC

Phone (appointments): (808) 521-2002

Address: 321 N Kuakini St Ste 801. Honolulu,HI,96817


Fax: (808) 521-0351