At Elite Foot & Ankle Center, we understand how important orthotics can be for your pain relief or surgical recovery. With our custom orthotics fitting, you can rest assured you are getting superior quality orthotic devices at unbeatable prices.
If you suffer from serious foot problems, such as ulcers, bunions, plantar fasciitis, etc, then you should at least consider custom orthotics or a customized, prefabricated insole.
What are orthotics?
Orthotics are shoe inserts that are intended to correct an abnormal, or irregular, walking pattern. Orthotics, worn in shoes to provide support and realignment for the feet, can help relieve pain for people of all ages who suffer from ailments such as plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, diabetes, arthritis and walking imbalances resulting from flat feet or high arches. They perform functions that make standing, walking, and running more comfortable and efficient by altering slightly the angles at which the foot strikes a walking or running surface.
Orthotics take various forms and are constructed of various materials. All are concerned with improving foot function and minimizing stress forces that could ultimately cause foot deformity and pain.
The term “foot orthotic” refers to everything from prefabricated insoles available at your local drugstore to more expensive, custom-made devices. A licensed podiatrist can prescribe custom orthotics and some will cast the custom mold.
Custom to each patient and condition
The process of making a custom orthotic typically begins with an assessment by our podiatrist. A biomechanical exam may include hip measurements and a gait and leg rotation analysis. They make a cast impression of the foot using plaster or fiberglass, a foam box or a computerized scan.
The mold, along with the correct material needed to achieve desired flexibility, is sent to a lab. Once the orthotic is ready, patients return for a fitting to make any final adjustments.
If you are experiencing pain from plantar fasciitis, a common cause of heel pain in which ligaments in the foot become inflamed or torn, custom orthotics with arch support can get you back to enjoying life again.
Avoid one size fits all
You need to be wary of a one-orthotic-fits-all sales approach. An over-the-counter may help some people, but if there’s a biomechanical issue, custom orthotic along with proper footwear will give you better results.
Despite high success rates, how orthotics work remains a mystery. It’s often assumed the orthotics align the skeleton. But there has not been a specific study proving or disproving this theory.
- Wear shoes that work well with your orthotics.
- Bring your orthotics with you whenever you purchase a new pair of shoes.
- Wear socks or stockings similar to those that you plan on wearing when you shop for new shoes.
- Return as directed for follow-up evaluation of the functioning of your orthotics. This is important for making certain that your feet and orthotics are functioning properly together.