Foot Orthotics

Foot Orthotics are also called insoles, shoe inserts, arch supports, and foot beds. Whatever the name, they’re all treatment devices that fit into shoes to help make feet feel better. They correct foot problems and help your feet function the way nature intended them to.

Some orthotics are simple devices that you can purchase at a pharmacy. These can be effective for some people and are usually what doctors recommend their patients first try.

If over the counter devices don’t provide relief, the next step is custom orthotics. They’re usually the most effective orthotic devices. These custom orthotics are created by first obtaining an impression of your foot. This is called a cast. What it does is copy your foot structure so that the custom orthotic can correct any problems. Our technicians then manufacture an orthotic device that balances and corrects.

The orthotic is then placed in your shoe to help support your foot.

There are many differences in orthotics. Some are thick and some are thin. These differences are based on what type of shoe you normally wear. If you’re normally in sneakers, you’ll have a different type of orthotic than someone who normally wears dress shoes. Then again, the type of pain you’re having will dictate what type of orthotic you have.

How do we help your feet feel better?

The first step is seeing your doctor.
Foot orthoses are prescribed by physicians and are dispensed by health care professionals such as pedorthists, podiatrists, orthotists or chiropodists.

The second step is a professional evaluation.
Once referred, a foot specialist evaluates and then designs a treatment devise based on your case history, exam, gait analysis, and molds of your feet. Our Pedorthists decide what’s best for you based upon your age, activity level, body mass and other health factors.

The cast or mold of the foot is central to the success of the device. There are a number of methods for taking the cast. The principle is to record the foot in as close to neutral position as possible and by posting or adding functional elements, to maintain the foot in an optimal position for efficeint movment.

The next step is manufacture.
From measurements our Pedorthist determines the postings or corrections to be included in the appliance. In our manufacturing facility, the appliances are custom made using one or more materials. These are laminated and molded over the corrected cast of your foot.

The final step is trial and adjustment.
You’ll try the orthotic device by wearing it for a few hours and increase wear daily. It takes time for the foot to get used to it. After you’ve worn your new devices for a few weeks we like to see you for a check up to make sure everything is going well. Your orthotic may require some adjustment. We’ll listen to you, check out the orthotic and then make adjustments.

Does this work?
Often we may may add or subtract features or make small adjustments over time. Sometimes we can’t do it all at the beginning as the formulation may be too strong. Sometimes we need you to adapt more slowly to the new position so you don’t get frustrated. Soft tissue injuries are often slow to respond but orthotics should be both protective and preventative.

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