Orthotics usually refers to foot orthotics which are custom made inserts for your shoes that help control abnormal foot motions. We offer a wide range of orthotic types and makes to meet every patient’s individual needs.
Below are some commonly asked questions about orthotics.
Why do people use Orthotics?
It is usually because of mechanical problems in the foot that are causing discomfort in the foot, ankle or further up the leg and back. Some of the common conditions treated with orthotics include:
- Excessive pronation (flat feet) and supination (high arches)
- Heel pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Calluses and bunions
- Ankle pain
- Chronic ankle sprains
- Shin splints
- Forefoot pain (metatarsalgia)
- Nerve pain in the foot (morton’s neuroma, tarsal tunnel syndrome)
- Knee pain (iliotibial band syndrome, arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, patella femoral pain syndrome)
- Hip pain (bursitis, arthritis)
- Low back pain
Initially an assessment is performed to determine if you are a good candidate for orthotics. The assessment consists of a history of your foot problems followed by a physical assessment of your feet and a biomechanical assessment of your gait (walking stride). After this it is determined if you’d be a good candidate for orthotics. If you are, we will take an impression of your feet using a casting biofoam. The foam cast will be sent to the orthotics laboratory where they will make a custom orthotic based on the cast and the information from our assessment.
Our orthotics are made by The Orthotic Group. In addition to the inserts, the Orthotic Group offers sandals and shoes that have the inserts built right in. Visit their website to see exactly what products they offer.
Orthotics work by correctly aligning and supporting the bones in the foot, ankle and leg. When positioned correctly the joints, ligaments, and muscles don’t become overstressed or prematurely fatigue, thus eliminating the injury to these tissues.
Most extended health plans cover orthotics. Check with your insurance company to be sure.