Custom Foot Orthotics

A custom orthotic is a device designed to align the foot and ankle into the most anatomically efficient position. It looks the same as insoles, but are biomechanical medical appliances that are custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance.

Custom orthotics work on your feet as glasses work on your eyes, reducing stress and strain on your body by bringing your feet back into proper alignment as needed. The plastic body of the custom orthotic helps to re-align the foot by redirecting and reducing certain motion that takes place during the gait cycle. Custom orthotics fit into your shoes as comfortably as an insole. The advantage is that they are made from precise imprints of your feet.

A custom-made foot orthotic is made from a three-dimensional model of the patient’s foot and is fabricated from raw materials. It is designed to meet the patient’s unique and specific needs. A custom-made foot orthotic can be:

 

  • Accommodative– where the primary goal is to deflect pressure away from ulcers, callosities, and painful pressure points
  • Functional– a device primarily designed to control foot and lower leg biomechanical function

 

Common Conditions Custom Orthotics Treat Include:

 

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bunions
  • Excessive foot pronation (pronated feet/flat feet)
  • Malalignment syndromes
  • Children's problems including in-toe, out-toe, and flat feet
  • Neuromas (burning/numbness under the ball of the foot)
  • Foot pain/heel pain/arch pain/leg pain and fatigue
  • Knee pain
  • Back pain
  • Arthritis

Over-the-Counter or Custom-Made Orthotics? Which works best for you?

 

Over-the-Counter Devices

 

Basic over-the-counter devices are mass-produced and sold through pharmacies, grocery stores, and other retail stores. More supportive types of over-the-counter devices can be found at other facilities.

 

Pros:

  • Over-the-counter devices have the added benefits of convenience and affordability.
  • Many over-the-counter devices bring satisfactory results in treating common foot conditions resulting from minor biomechanical abnormalities. For example, they can be used as a temporary device for a child who is rapidly growing or as a “first step” to provide insight into how a patient will respond to and tolerate an orthotic.

Cons:

  • They do not fit all foot types.
  • They only support moderate biomechanical abnormalities. More significant issues will likely require a custom-made device.
  • They typically have a shorter life span than a custom-made foot orthotic.

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