Custom Orthotics

Who needs orthotics?

Custom orthotics pad.
Custom orthotics pad.

If you experience any of the following complaints, you may be a candidate for prescription custom foot orthotics:

  • Custom orthotics
  • Heel pain
  • Arch pain
  • Bunions
  • Shin splints
  • Tired feet
  • Flat feet
  • Arthritic conditions
  • Neuromas
  • Calluses
  • Back pain
  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Chronic ankle sprains

The term orthotics can refer to many different devices worn in a shoe. There are however two very different types of devices. The first is a nonprescription device, or arch support. The second is a functional device, which is by prescription only. A functional device is a custom made device designed to correct the patient’s individual foot problem. The above problems may be due to excessive pronation (flat feet) or excessive supination (high arched feet).

Why orthotics?

Every orthotics pad is measured and made individually for your feet.
Every orthotics pad is measured and made individually for your feet.

Orthotics help to control theses biomechanical imbalances by gently and consistently directing your foot into the correct position for walking, running and standing. Because your foot is now functioning properly, the pain of muscle strain and pressure points is relieved and the progression of deformities is stopped or slowed. They also can halt progression of existing problems relieving pain and allowing healing to occur. Functional orthotics from your podiatrist can be a very valuable therapy in treating foot problems related to abnormal biomechanics. It is not necessary for every patient to be treated with functional orthotics for a biomechanical problem.

Many people are helped by wearing quality over the counter arch supports and the correct shoes. Other conservative modalities, such as stretching and exercises are also helpful and appropriate adjunctive therapies. However, when functional orthotics are needed, be sure that a doctor who is an expert in biomechanics and orthotics therapy be consulted.