Gary Saphire, DPM, FACFAS -  - Podiatrist

Parkway Podiatry

Gary Saphire, DPM, FACFAS

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY

At Parkway Podiatry in Brooklyn, New York, Gary Saphire, DPM, offers you a way to transform your favorite shoes into a tool to keep your feet healthy and comfortable. With custom orthotics, he helps patients in the Bensonhurst and Gravesend communities by treating a wide range of foot pain and discomfort. To learn more about what these bespoke shoe inserts can do for you, call Parkway Podiatry, or schedule your appointment online today.

Orthotics Q & A

What are orthotics?

Also called orthoses, orthotics are devices you insert into the soles of your shoes. Technically, simple felt pads you add to your shoes are orthotics. Though Dr. Saphire does offer basic orthotics like these, he also offers custom-created shoe inserts that are tailored to your unique feet. In this way, he ensures that every pair of shoes you wear gives your feet the support and protection they need. 

Are there different types of orthotics?

Yes. You’re probably already familiar with over-the-counter orthotics you can buy at big box stores, pharmacies, and many shoe stores. Although they can help increase your comfort, they don’t offer the same support and protection as a custom orthotic made by an expert podiatrist like Dr. Saphire.

At Parkway Podiatry, you have access to three types of orthotics:

Rigid orthotics

Made from a firm material like carbon fiber or plastic, Dr. Saphire creates these orthotics from a mold he takes of your foot. These shoe inserts are ideal for patients who have strains or aches caused by improper motion in their foot joints. Their rigid structure controls the motion of those joints, relieving pain. 

Soft orthotics

Soft orthotics are also created from a mold of your foot, but they’re created from a cushioned material. As a result, they’re ideal for pressure relief and shock absorption. They help treat a range of podiatric conditions, but they’re suitable for people who are on their feet often and want to minimize foot discomfort throughout their day.

Semi-rigid orthotics

Semi-rigid orthotics blend the cushioned insole of soft orthotics with a rigid base. These orthotics help improve the balance of each foot. They can treat foot disorders, and many athletes choose them to protect the alignment of their feet as they participate in their sport.

What can orthotics be used to treat?

Orthotics help patients with diabetes, arthritis, and foot deformities walk more comfortably. They can relieve pain from hammertoes, bunions, metatarsalgia, and more. If you’re experiencing foot pain, don’t hesitate to talk with Dr. Saphire about your options for orthotics.

Whether you want orthotics to treat a specific condition or to increase your foot comfort throughout your day, Parkway Podiatry is here to help. Call the office, or book your appointment online today.