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Why Custom Orthotics could be the answer to your pain

podiatry Oct 21, 2020

What are Prescription Custom Orthotics?
Custom orthotics are specially-made devices designed to support and comfort your feet. Prescription orthotics are crafted for you and no one else. They match the contours of your feet precisely and are designed for the way you move. Orthotics are only manufactured after a podiatrist has conducted a complete evaluation of your feet, ankles, and legs, so the orthotic can accommodate your unique foot structure and pathology.

 

Why and how should I get custom orthotics?
Did you know that some leg and back pain can occur because of poor foot alignment? Custom orthotics can help relieve that pain and more. 

Podiatrists use orthotics to treat foot problems such as plantar fasciitis, bursitis, tendinitis, diabetic foot ulcers, and foot, ankle, and heel pain. Clinical research studies have shown that podiatrist-prescribed foot orthotics decrease foot pain and improve function.

Orthotics typically cost more than shoe inserts purchased in a retail store, but the additional cost is usually well worth it. Unlike shoe inserts, orthotics are molded to fit each individual foot, so you can be sure that your orthotics fit and do what they're supposed to do. Prescription orthotics are also made of top-notch materials and last many years when cared for properly. Insurance often helps pay for prescription orthotics.

 

How do I get custom orthotics?
The “custom” in custom orthotics is essential. Patients won’t receive the results they’re looking for with any generic shoe insert. Orthotics are most effective when they’re designed for your foot shape, condition, and lifestyle.

At Mayopodiatry Foot and Ankle Clinic, we use custom orthotics to address the underlying abnormal biomechanics. Here is the process for custom orthotics:

  1. First, we create a foam mold of the patient’s foot.
  2. Next, we choose a supplier. Different suppliers are better at making different types of orthotics. So, we must consider things like:
    1. Do the orthotics need any specific modifications to correct the problem?
    2. What types of shoes will the patient wear with the orthotics? These can be dress shoes, athletic sneakers, work boots, and more.
    3. Does the patient often get sweaty due to an active lifestyle?
  3. We create a plaster of Paris casting of the patients feet .
  4. We send the cast to the lab.
  5. Finally, we get the orthotics from the lab and pass them onto the patient!

 

As part of the individualised treatment plan, our custom orthotics will work to:

  • Relieve Pain
  • Prevent Injury
  • Improve Weight Distribution
  • Restore Balance
  • Improve Athletic Ability

When all of these benefits work together, through chiropractic care, they help improve joint motion as well.

 

It’s time to realign your feet for pain relief

As we’ve seen numerous times, custom orthotics do a lot more than just provide a cushion for feet. They also help with a number of different conditions. If you want to see how custom orthotics can help bring you relief, give us a call at +35385 250 5995 or book an appointment today.


When should you visit a podiatrist for Custom Orthotics?

If you are simply looking for extra cushioning or support, you may wish to try an over-the-counter shoe insert first. If you have serious pain or discomfort, however, schedule an appointment with any of our podiatrists. They will assess your overall health and look for any other contributing factors. Our podiatrists at the Mayo Podiatry Foot and Ankle Clinic are specially trained to evaluate the biomechanics of the lower extremity.

Your podiatrist will examine your feet and how you walk. He or she will listen carefully to your complaints and concerns and assess the movement and function of your lower extremities. Some also use advanced technology to see how your feet function when walking or running.

The information gathered during the exam will help your podiatrist determine if shoe inserts might be helpful or if you need prescription orthotics. If orthotics are needed, our podiatrists will capture a three-dimensional image of each foot. Those images, as well as any measurements, are used to create a set of unique foot supports that will improve your foot movement and lead to more comfort and mobility. Depending on your personal situation our foot specialist might also suggest additional treatments to improve the comfort and function of your feet.

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