Custom Orthotics for Foot Support and Pain Relief
Custom orthotics can be a very versatile form of treatment for patients who are experiencing foot pain or require assistance in managing certain foot and ankle conditions.
They are an effective part of many treatment plans because they are precisely crafted to accommodate the structure and needs of each patient’s unique feet. Much like prescription eyewear, each set of custom orthotic inserts is made for one person and one person only!
What are Custom Orthotics?
Custom orthotics are inserts that are placed within your shoes, in place of ordinary insoles. Each is designed to provide an exact amount of cushioning and/or corrective support, precisely where needed.
To create a custom orthotic, we will take an impression of each foot. Using these impressions, and based on our findings via a thorough examination of a patient’s needs, we then prescribe specific dimensions and materials for the orthotics. These are produced in a lab, then shipped back to us to finish the fitting process with you in person.
Some custom orthotics are made to be accommodative, meaning they primarily provide support to the foot. Other custom orthotics are made to be functional, with the intent of providing a corrective influence to keep the foot in proper alignment. Many custom orthotics provide a mix of these two elements.
What Can Custom Orthotics Treat?
Custom orthotics can be particularly effective in providing comfort and pain relief from problems stemming from an abnormality in foot structure.
When the shape of the foot is misaligned, it may be less efficient at distributing weight across the foot, or absorbing impact forces. This, in turn, can lead to excess stress and strain against certain areas of the foot and/or ankle, causing pain. Orthotics work to address these issues by helping redistribute excess pressure away from trouble areas and more evenly against the foot, reducing and eliminating pain.
Custom orthotics can help relieve pain from and/or slow the progression of many conditions, including:
- Plantar Fasciitis and other forms of heel pain
- Flat Feet
- High Arches
They can also help diabetic patients prevent “hot spots” on the feet that are more prone to developing sores and injuries.
In addition to custom orthotics, we also provide other conservative treatments that include similar medical devices, such as boots, splints, and braces.
What About Prefabricated Orthotics?
For some conditions, often those that are mild in nature, we may recommend medical grade prefabricated orthotics directly through our office.
These orthotics come from brands that we trust, and we can properly adjust and fit them to your feet in ways that inserts bought off the shelf of your local pharmacy can’t provide. Even prefabricated orthotics should fit the shape and needs of a patient’s feet as closely as possible, and attempting to use more “one size fits all” varieties from a store can often prove disappointing and wasteful.
What to Expect with Custom Orthotics
Once a set of custom orthotics is properly fitted, you can expect a short “break-in” period for your feet to adjust to using them. We’ll check in with you again after a brief period for an important follow-up appointment, as it’s not unusual for a few minor adjustments to be made once we have a better indication of how your orthotics are influencing your feet.
Custom orthotics are designed for durability, and should last much longer than store-bought versions. With proper care and maintenance, your orthotics should last several years.
The day-to-day wear of orthotics can cause their effectiveness to change over time. Also, changes in a patient’s life (e.g. new work, changes in physical activity, changes in weight) can affect what they need from their orthotics. We recommend check-ups at least annually to make sure your custom orthotics are still working optimally for you.
Custom orthotics are also a long-term form of treatment. While they help the foot achieve proper alignment, they do not provide a permanent fix. You must keep wearing them to receive the benefit. However, for most patients this is still a strongly preferred alternative to surgery!
Let Us Help You Relieve Your Foot Pain and Discomfort
The specialists at Advanced Ankle & Foot are ready to help you with any problem that is causing you foot or ankle pain. After a thorough evaluation and discussing your needs, we can make our best recommendations for treatment moving forward – and will be happy to answer all your questions, too.
Call us at (480) 962-4281 or fill out our online contact form to schedule an appointment and take the first steps toward lasting relief.