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:
Common Conditions Custom Orthotics Treat Include:
Over-the-Counter or Custom-Made Orthotics? Which works best for you?
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.
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