Custom orthotics are shoe insert devices which have been created in a special lab to support and comfort a patient’s feet. These inserts are made to the exact specifications of each person and are not one size fits all. Prescription orthotics are meant to conform to the contours of the patient’s feet and adjust to or correct the way a person moves and walks. After an assessment from the doctor, the devices will be ordered to address any issues present.
Two types of orthotic devices are commonly used which include:
These inserts are created to assist with conditions like bursitis, foot, ankle, and heel discomfort, plantar fasciitis, and tendonitis. These inserts will typically cost more than store bought inserts but they will be created for the unique person and are usually more effective. These inserts are also constructed from superior materials and can last several years. Medical insurance will generally cover some of the cost.
When you are experiencing persistent and chronic foot or ankle pain it is usually time to visit the office. The podiatrist will evaluate your present issues and your overall health to determine what could be contributing to the pain. The podiatrist will examine the way you walk and the structure of your feet. If needed, special technology might be used to view how your feet function when you are running or walking. If orthotic devices are prescribed, the podiatrist will take a 3D image of each of your feet to craft the inserts. The podiatrist will also take measurements of your feet. Depending on your concerns or issues, other treatments may be recommended as well.