Custom Foot Orthotics
A biomechanical foot orthotic is a carefully constructed devicethat fits into your shoe and controls your foot motion and weight distribution as you walk. Foot orthotics are not arch supports. Arch supports are older technology appliances which do not attempt to achieve normal foot function. While arch supports may sometimes relieve symptoms, the cause of the functional problems remain-silently stressing and distorting the skeletal and related structures.
The production of an orthotic begins with the taking of plaster cast impressions of your feet. Your doctor will obtain this impression while holding the foot in its neutral, proper position. These casts along with a prescription detailing necessary corrections are sent to a special orthotic laboratory. Here, trained technicians craft your orthotics to meet your specific needs.
Your doctor will discuss which orthotic materials and modifications will best address your particular foot problem.
- Adults and children can be casted for orthotics.
- Orthotics are rigid plates fabricated sometimes with padding. Generally, it will not be necessary to buy larger shoes. However, there may be some shoes in you wardrobe which will not accommodate an orthotic.
- Orthotics can be moved from shoe to shoe. Some patients request a second pair for special sport or dress shoes.
- After a break-in period, improvement in your condition can often be noticed within weeks. Of course, foot orthotics are only one element in the overall management of your condition. You may require further medical intervention.
- The firm plate portion of your orthotics will last from 3-5 years. Any added soft materials will generally need replacement sooner.
- We feature orthotics by laboratories known for the highest quality and innovative gait-related products.