Posted On: March 26, 2020
Custom Shoe Inserts and Custom Foot Orthotic Fitting are prescription foot supports used to correct and align the foot, relieve pain and balance the foot and leg.
Unlike the general insoles or foot support that are available over-the-counter at pharmacies and stores, custom orthotics are tailored made for each individual needs. They are exclusively made to meet the needs of each individual and the unique shape of each foot.
The prescription of custom orthotics adheres to the detailed composition of the specific medical conditions that need to be corrected.
Custom Shoe Inserts help to improve balance and provide shock absorption for the foot. It helps to relieve pressure from areas of the foot that are susceptible to foot conditions such as calluses, corns, flat foot, plantar fasciitis, arthritis, bursitis, and ulcers.
The average cost of a custom orthotic ranges from $400 to $600.
Orthotics are often a part of a comprehensive treatment for many foot and ankle issues. A podiatrist may prescribe orthotics in addition to other treatments.
A podiatrist may prescribe orthotics in addition to other treatments because orthotics can help correct feet that are not well-positioned. Wearing orthotics can help provide additional arch support for people with flat feet.
Orthotics also provides cushioning and additional support specific areas of the feet, such as the heel or ball. Orthotics provide relief and improve the condition of each individual’s foot issues.
Combining orthotics with other treatments can help an individual avoid more invasive treatments, such as surgery.
The type of custom orthotics that is best for you depends on the condition of your foot. There are two major types of custom orthotics which are functional and accommodative.
Functional orthotics are also known as rigid orthotics. They are made of harder materials and are usually prescribed for joint issues or pronation issues. They are used to treat special foot conditions in individuals. They help to improve foot alignment and functionality. They can be used to improve conditions such as flat feet, plantar fasciitis, heel spur, abducto valgus, and arthritis.
Accommodative orthotics are more flexible orthotics. They are designed to provide more cushioning and support for the foot. They help to evenly distribute feet pressure. They are prescribed to relieve conditions such as corns, calluses, and bunions. Individuals with ulcers and sensitive feet can also benefit from the use of accommodative orthotics.
Some of the best custom orthotics are:
The average cost of a custom orthotic ranges from $400 to $600. This is not a hefty price to pay for your health.
However, before using a custom orthotics, your doctor or podiatrist will first diagnose the condition of your foot to know if you really need a custom orthotics and how much you need it.
During diagnosis, your podiatrist will ask you questions about the symptoms that you are experiencing. You may be asked when you started noticing the symptoms and the degree of discomfort you experience.
A physical examination of your feet will then be conducted. Your podiatrist will look for deformities and areas that you feel pain. You may be asked to walk and perform some activities so that your podiatrist can see the direction and how your feet and ankles are positioned.
You may undergo imaging scans such as X-ray, bone scan, or MRI. These scans will help your podiatrist identify correctly the areas of damage and the exact condition of your feet. The scan will show the structure of your feet and the exact location of the problem affecting the normal functioning of your feet.
All this diagnosis will be taken into account before your podiatrist will know if you need a custom orthotics or not.
Custom orthotics can be useful devices, but if not used properly as prescribed by a podiatrist can lead to pain and discomfort.
Custom orthotics are like prescription drugs and should be used as prescribed and indicated by your podiatrist. When they are incorrectly prescribed, they can cause pain and harm to your foot.
If you wish to use a custom orthotic, make sure you consult with an experienced podiatrist with proper training and knowledge. Your podiatrist will first access your foot condition and perform diagnosis to determine the exact nature of your foot before prescribing an orthotics for you. Ensure that you use orthotics accurately as prescribed and indicated by your podiatrist to prevent foot pain.
Dr. Graff Foot, Ankle, and Wound Care Center offers a variety of treatments and therapies for all forms of foot-related pain and discomfort.
We dedicate our efforts to providing necessary care for each of our patients depending on their individual needs. Regardless of your feet condition, we ensure that we provide well-tailored custom orthotics that address your feet condition.
Before we provide custom orthotics for you, we first take accurate measurements of your feet to ensure they are firmly supported. Also, we first diagnose your feet condition to know the exact condition of your feet and the kind of custom orthotics you need.
We ensure that you feel relieved and your condition is improved by using our custom shoe inserts and foot orthotics.
Contact us today to know if you need a custom orthotic.