Custom orthotics are prescribed medical devices that are customized for your feet to wear inside your shoes. Orthotic devices help correct structural and biomechanical foot issues associated with walking, standing, or running. They can also help to manage painful foot conditions.
At Advanced Foot & Ankle Wellness Center, Dr. Melissa Wawrzynek uses the most up-to-date technology to acquire digital scans of your feet, creating the most accurate mold of them possible. Dr. Wawryznek customizes orthotics to fit all shoe types, including heels.
Uses for Orthotic Devices
Sometimes, over-the-counter (OTC) shoe inserts may be helpful to alleviate temporary foot problems. However, some patients may have foot conditions that can greatly benefit from custom-made orthotic devices.
Custom orthotics can be beneficial to:
- Align and support the foot or ankle
- Prevent, correct, or manage foot deformities
- Improve the overall function of the foot or ankle
Custom orthotics perfectly match the contours of your feet, taking your body movements into account.
At Advanced Foot and Ankle Wellness Center, we ensure that a complete evaluation of your medical conditions, legs, ankles, and feet is performed before designing the orthotic device. This guarantees that your orthotics serve your unique pathology and foot structure.
Types of Custom Orthotics
There are two types of custom orthotics, functional and accommodative. Functional orthotics are typically semi-rigid to help keep your foot in the proper position and help formalize foot movement. They help to correct faulty foot function.
Accommodative orthotics are less rigid and softer and are used to redistribute weight and provide cushioning to take pressure away from problem areas.
Dr. Wawrzynek may prescribe orthotics for you that:
- Fit a wide toe box
- Have soft orthotic cushions to redistribute stress and pressure
- Provide heel support
- Provide full-length stiff or soft inserts
- Fit a deep toe box
Foot and Ankle Conditions Helped By Custom Orthotics
Custom orthotics can be used for a wide variety of foot conditions. Whether you’re trying to protect your feet, give them extra support, or correct an existing problem, your orthotic device is designed specifically for your feet and foot condition.
Custom orthotics offer an easy way to help correct structural issues in your feet, legs, and ankles. Dr. Wawrzynek may recommend custom orthotics if you have any of the following conditions.
Finding The Right Orthotic Fit
Some OTC orthotics might indeed provide relief, but it is often temporary. On the other hand, custom orthotics are designed specifically for your foot and provide long-term relief for your condition.
At Advanced Foot and Ankle Wellness Center, Dr. Wawrzynek performs digital gait analysis and takes a 3D foot impression to ensure your orthotics are customized for your specific foot or ankle issue.
Insurance Coverage for Custom Orthotics
Custom orthotics are prescription medical devices. It might, therefore, be possible for your insurance company to help cover the cost for them. Check with your health plan provider to see if they provide coverage.
Lifespan for Custom Orthotics
Custom orthotics typically last anywhere between 2 to 3 years. Their lifespan depends on their wear and tear over time.
Value of Custom Orthotics
Custom orthotics are considered a conservative treatment option to alleviate foot pain and discomfort. For some patients, this conservative approach can help avoid foot surgery.
While custom orthotics tend to be more expensive than OTC shoe inserts, they are worth the investment because they are made to fit your foot and are thus better able to provide the corrective action you need.
Shoe Portability for Custom Orthotics
Custom orthotics are designed for your specific foot and can be transferred between similar types of shoes.
However, if the orthotic device was made for your hiking shoes, they may not fit your partywear–this requires a specific type of orthotic which can also be made upon request.
Getting Used to Your Custom Orthotics
Before using an orthotic device, your foot has most likely become used to an unhealthy way of functioning. Therefore, it is normal to take some time for the foot to adjust to the new position encouraged by the custom orthotic.
For best results, it is recommended that you wear your orthotics as much as possible, especially If you have a biomechanical issue with your foot.
This adjustment period is expected. You can start by wearing your orthotics for a few hours a day to get used to them, and then gradually increase their use to get the most benefit from wearing them. Over time, most patients feel more comfortable wearing their orthotics than while not wearing them.