What are orthotics?

Orthotics are foot inserts, specifically prescribed and designed by your podiatrist, to help your current foot conditions. Depending on your foot condition, some functions that orthotics can assist with include:

  • Restricting mobility of foot
  • Providing support for foot during weight bearing activities
  • Assisting in the mobility of the foot
  • Reduce pain

How do I know if I need orthotics?

Special orthotics are personally designed to fit each individuals needs. There are several different types of food orthotics; each one with a particular design and function to best fit your needs. The specialists at foot and ankle are excellent at prescribing the best orthotics for you. If you are experiencing any kind of foot condition including:

  • Ankle pain
  • Ball of the foot pain
  • Bunions
  • Big toe pain
  • Flat feet
  • Heel pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • High or low arches

Are orthotics only for foot issues?

Oftentimes, orthotics can be used to help with more than foot complications. Many people suffering from other conditions also benefit from orthotics. Their support and personalized design assist with other pains including:

  • Back Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Pain

Orthotics are often prescribed for runners or individuals who have constant weight bearing activities throughout the day. The support that stems from orthotics not only can help treat existing foot conditions, but they can also be used to prevent further complications.

How do I know if I need orthotics?

Many times bunions do not require any medical treatment. Non-invasive treatment options include:

  • New shoes
  • Inserts or shoe pads
  • Anti-inflammation medications
  • Ice

Orthotic foot inserts are excellent at adjusting and correcting muscle functions to help your feet place pressure in the right places. They can help with balance, support, and prevention of other injuries.

If you are interested in the countless benefits that orthotics have to offer, contact us today so we can see you for a consultation and help explore the best orthotic treatments for you.

Custom Orthotics

With so many different designs and types of shoes on the market, it is just as important what we wear on our feet as it is what kind of insert is in the shoe itself. Shoe inserts are worn inside of the shoe to provide comfort and cushioning, however there is a stark contrast to what is purchased over the counter vs. a custom orthotic that is built specifically for a patient.

Over the counter orthotics vary in size, shape and purpose. Some are even advertised as being specific for plantar fasciitis or flat feet. This makes it difficult since most patients have unique foot types that not always benefit from a “one size fits all brand.”

Custom orthotics are truly the gold standard when it comes to an in-shoe device. At our office, we take a 3-dimensional scan of your foot that maps the topography of the entire plantar aspect. Depending on what foot problem(s) you have, your physician will then add any appropriate modifications to the custom orthotic so that it will benefit you in the best way possible.