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. Prescription orthotics are divided into two categories:
- Functional orthotics are designed to control abnormal motion. They may be used to treat foot pain caused by abnormal motion; they can also be used to treat injuries such as shin splints or tendinitis. Functional orthotics are usually crafted of a semi-rigid material such as plastic or graphite.
- Accommodative orthotics are softer and meant to provide additional cushioning and support. They can be used to treat diabetic foot ulcers, painful calluses on the bottom of the foot, and other uncomfortable conditions.
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.
What if prescription orthotics are not what you need for now?
OrthoticsOur orthotics are designed to fit the following categories of shoes.
Sports and Athletics
The Diabetic and Arthritic Foot
Dress and Court Shoes
High Heels and Dance Shoes
What about Premade Orthotics?
Most of the time our first pair of inserts or arch support are the ones we buy in the supermarket or pharmacy. The problem here is that most devices sold in these places are not very supportive, which for many conditions other than perhaps "tired feet" make them essentially useless. Adequate support and cushioning are the main purpose of orthotics.
Fortunately, at Good Foot Podiatry, we realised the problem for those who could not afford, or perhaps did not need a prescription device and solved it by manufacturing Medical Grade Off-The-Shelf orthotics. These are pre-made devices but unlike pharmacy or store-bought arch supports, these orthotics are made out of prescription grade orthotic material, as such, they provide mild to moderate support and cushioning of feet.
Our off-the-shelf orthotics:
- Provide semi-rigid arch support and heel cradle for increased support and stability
- Are double layer, shock absorbing EVA foam cushion casing for enhanced comfort
- Are heat and friction reducing, with anti-microbial top fabric
- Have special heel pad cushions for increased comfort and protection
- Are a full length, total contact foot support insole
- Are moveable from shoe to shoe with no trimming required
Premade off-the-shelf orthotics are great for situations where a custom orthotic isn't required. Keep in mind, these orthotics are not a permanent replacement to Custom-made orthotics, but can address your needs in the meantime. Speak to Dr Gaza for guidance around your individual situation.
When to Visit a Podiatrist
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 a podiatrist. To assess your overall health and look for any other contributing factors. Today's podiatrists 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, your podiatrist will capture a three-dimensional image of each foot. Those images, as well as any measurements obtained by your podiatrist, are used to create a set of unique foot supports that will improve your foot movement and lead to more comfort and mobility. Your podiatrist might also suggest additional treatments to improve the comfort and function of your feet.