But corrective orthotics need to be developed by a skilled professional who understands the mechanics of the foot and ankle and the important role that they play. A doctor with specialized foot and ankle experience will do a thorough examination before determining whether custom orthotics are the best solution.
Custom orthotic is custom molded inserts for your shoe to support the arch, reduce pressure, and balance foot biomechanics.
Custom orthotics are used to treat specific foot-related conditions such as tendinitis, diabetic foot ulcers, bursitis, arthritis, metatarsalgia, and plantar fasciitis, as well as heel, foot, and ankle pain. Research supports the use of doctor-prescribed custom orthotics to reduce foot pain and improve function.
If you have ongoing foot pain or discomfort, you should make an appointment to see a doctor who specializes in foot and ankle pain management. They will do a thorough assessment of your overall health, examine your feet and gait, and take a full medical history. They will also assess the function of your feet as well as taking all contributing factors into account, including your body’s biomechanics.
They will then be able to determine whether custom orthotics are the correct intervention. If they are the right option, the doctor will take measurements of your feet as well as capturing 3D images of each foot and, from there, create customized foot supports for your needs. Custom orthotics will usually form part of a multi-part treatment plan.
Foot and ankle biomechanics are complex and can impact other areas of the body, including your knees and hips, which is why it’s important to work with a foot and ankle specialist who will take an informed, holistic approach to your foot health. Our friendly staff and doctors are available to help you with your foot and ankle ailments no matter how severe they may be.