Orthotics Specialist

Mafutaga S. Tagaloa-Tulifau, D.P.M. -  - Podiatrist

Tagaloa-Tulifau Foot & Ankle Care Center, Inc

Mafutaga S. Tagaloa-Tulifau, D.P.M.

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Lakewood, CA

Foot orthotics provide cushioning, redistribute pressure, relieve stress, and help to properly align bones – all to relieve pain and heal foot conditions. Dr. Mafutaga Tagaloa-Tulifau in Lakewood, California, creates customized foot orthotics designed to fit your unique foot problem. Whether you suffer from flat feet, a foot condition like diabetic ulcers or bunions, or you’re an athlete needing specialized foot support, call her practice, Tagaloa-Tulifau Foot & Ankle Center, Inc, or book an appointment online to get the help you need.

Orthotics Q & A

What are orthotics?

An orthotic can be any device used to support or improve the function of your body, but in podiatry, orthotic refers to any device that allows you to walk and move more comfortably and efficiently.

Orthotics include products available at your local pharmacy, like foot pads and heel inserts, as well as custom-molded and individually-designed inserts or devices.


What types of foot problems may be treated with orthotics?

Orthotics restore your ability to walk, run and jump, improve joint stability, provide arch support, and reduce pain, swelling and pressure – to name just a few of their benefits. They can correct alignment issues in your foot and ankle or help athletes relieve pain and improve performance.

A few possible conditions that benefit from prescription orthotics include:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Bunions
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Flat feet
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Morton’s neuroma


What are the different types of orthotics?

Dr. Tagaloa-Tulifau determines whether you’ll benefit from one of two types of orthotics:

Functional orthotics

Functional orthotics improve how your foot moves, reduce shock absorption, and help provide support for foot deformities and conditions.

Accommodative orthotics

This group includes devices such as splints, braces, casts, and night bars. The last of these correct foot problems like bunions and misaligned bones and to take pressure off your foot to promote healing.

In addition to the two primary types, foot orthotics are made from different materials:

Rigid orthotics

Rigid orthotics are composed of a firm material such as plastic and are made from a mold created by Dr. Tagaloa-Tulifau. Rigid orthotics may improve or eliminate strains and pains in your legs, thighs and lower back by controlling motion in the two major foot joints.

Soft orthotics

Dr. Tagaloa-Tulifau usually uses soft orthotics to absorb shock, improve balance, and remove pressure from sore spots and wounds. They’re effective for diabetic, arthritic, and deformed feet. Like rigid orthotics, soft orthotics are made from a cast made of your foot.

Semi-rigid orthotics

This type of orthotic consists of layers of soft material reinforced with rigid materials. They’re often prescribed for children to treat flat feet, in-toeing, or out-toeing. They’re also worn by athletes to relieve pain while they train and compete.