Custom Foot Orthotics
Custom foot orthotics is a prescription-grade custom device that helps support your feet. They are made by creating an impression of your feet, whether with a foam box, Plasters or a slipper cast. The impressions are made with precision. Our staff members have many years of experience creating an impression of your feet. The impression is then sent to an orthotic lab, along with your Doctor’s prescription, to create a truly “one-of-a-kind” custom foot orthotics that are made just for you.
There are two types of custom foot orthotics:
- Functional custom orthotics- which are created to correct/control the abnormal motion and biomechanical imbalance of your feet. These devices are usually semi-rigid.
- Accommodative custom orthotics- which are created to accommodate a rigid deformity, to offload pressure spots, especially for diabetic patients with foot deformities who are at high risk of developing pressure ulcers.
What about over-the-counter shoe inserts? Most over-the-counter orthotics/arch support/insoles are not supportive enough to help control or correct the abnormal or poor biomechanics of your feet. Even if they claim to be “custom-made” or have you step on a machine and measure your feet. However, if you are just looking for cushioning and comfort, over-the-counter shoe inserts may be enough for you!
Remember, they are NOT custom foot orthotics if your doctor didn’t put in his/her evaluation and write a prescription.
Your Podiatrist will need to do a thorough history and physical exam of your feet, ankles, legs as well as gait analysis to determine your unique foot structure and walking pattern, and create a pair of custom foot orthotics that will accommodate or correct your biomechanic pathology. Common pathologies that can benefit from a pair of custom foot orthotics include:
- Plantar fasciitis / heel pain
- Flat feet
- High arch
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Painful calluses
- And more.
Here at Empire Foot & Ankle Center, our podiatrists are highly trained and are very familiar in prescribing custom foot orthotics for your unique foot pathology. We have a quick turn-around time on dispensing our custom foot orthotics. Please give us a call for more information. We are serving patients from all over the Inland Empire including Upland, Chino, Chino Hills, Ontario, Claremont, Pomona, Fontana and Rancho Cucamonga.