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CUSTOM ORTHOTICS FOR YOUR CUSTOM FEET!

You may have heard of custom orthotics, also known as custom inserts or custom insoles. Over
the many decades, orthotics have been effectively used over the year’s to remedy numerous
conditions.

Although not all orthotics are the same, the type of orthotic worn may vary from person to
person. You may have seen over the counter orthotics being sold at generic drugstores and/or
you may have heard of custom inserts professionally made. For certain conditions, over the
counter (OTC) inserts may fix the issue. However, in other conditions, a custom insert may be
called for to help you longer term.

Think of a custom orthotic like a custom-tailored suit. The custom insert will contour to your
foot only. Whereas an OTC insert would be like a premade suit readily available. Although it is
not contoured to your foot specifically, it will help the issue.

WHAT EXACTLY IS AN ORTHOTIC?

As you may have realized, the back and feet are involved with almost every physical activity. Whether you’re walking, sitting, sleeping, or carrying heavy loads, your back and legs are almost always active.

An orthotic is the layer of fabric that separates your foot and the shoe. If you were to purchase a pair of sneakers from the department store, reach in and pull out the piece of fabric, this is the standard insert that comes with every sneaker. Yes, it’s usually flimsy and doesn’t provide much or if any support.

Custom and OTC inserts are usually more dense and are not flimsy.

WHAT CONDITIONS DOES ORTHOTICS TREAT?

Orthotics has always been a popular choice for numerous conditions. Their popularity can be accredited to their effectiveness, low cost, and relatively quick procedure.

While orthotics are used to treat various conditions, they are not a solitary treatment. 

Some of the common foot, back, and ankle conditions where orthotics are implemented include:

  • Arthritis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Diabetes
  • Knee Pain
  • Bunions
  • Neuroma
  • Bursitis
  • Achilles tendinothapy

Notably, Orthotics can be used for a number of conditions. This also means that you shouldn’t ignore your feet, back, and ankle pain as they can lead to underlying conditions.

Commonly, some of the objectives doctors try to achieve with orthotics include:

  • Straightening and correcting feet deformities
  • Providing ankle support when required
  • Reducing the chances of further harm and injuries
  • Helping your feet and ankles function better

DO ORTHOTICS
WEAR OUT?

This is arguably one of the most asked questions. The simple answer is yes; orthotics are susceptible to wear and tear. However, the rate at which your orthotics deteriorates mostly depends on the material it’s made from and how much you use them.

Our office offers custom orthotics to our patients. Prior to your scheduled
appointment, we may also verify your benefits ahead of time to let you know
what percentage your insurance covers the custom orthotics..