A device that is placed in your shoe to correct the form of a dysfunctional foot
We are dedicated to helping our patients return to their highest level of functionality by providing state-of-the-art and fully customized orthotics that will help support and align your foot, and prevent and/or correct any foot deformities you may have, including Flat Feet, Hammertoe, and Achilles Tendonitis.
- Custom molded orthotics
- OTC orthtics
Dysfuntion can come in many varities, but it will always result in the person not being able to walk as effectively as they could if the position of their foot was corrected.
What are orthotic inserts?
Orthotics are special inserts that go into your shoe to correct structural foot problems such as flat arches and foot and leg pain.
Over-the-counter orthotics are generally a one-size-fits-all product. Custom prescription orthotics are specially created to the unique structure of your feet. They are designed to match the precise way that you move, cushioning, and supporting with each step. Orthotics are made after a podiatrist has conducted a complete evaluation of your feet, ankles, and legs so that the orthotic can accommodate your unique foot structure and pathology.
Prescription orthotics are divided into two categories:
- Functional – These are created of a semi-rigid material like plastic or graphite. Functional orthotics are designed to control foot pain caused by abnormal motion. They can also be used to treat injuries such as shin splints or tendinitis.
- Accommodative – this orthotic is softer and designed to provide additional cushioning and support. They can be used to treat diabetic foot ulcers, painful calluses on the bottom of the foot, and other conditions that cause discomfort like plantar fasciitis.
Podiatrists use orthotics to treat a variety of foot problems. They examine your feet and the way you walk to evaluate how you stand and move. This helps the podiatrist design custom inserts that meet your specific needs. Podiatrist-prescribed foot orthotics decrease foot pain and improve function.
Molded is a cast of your foot so it is made specifically for you. OTC orthotics are not bad options but the more specific the orthotic is to your foot, the more effective it will be.
Make an appointment with your podiatrist to at least evaluate your foot and ask them to guide you for your OTC orthotic purchase.