Custom foot orthoses can be helpful for a number of specific medical conditions, including painful high arches (per cavus) and hallux valgus (lateral bulging on the joint at the base of the big toe).
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.
What is a custom orthotic?
It is a dermatophyte foot infection affecting the soles of the feet and the skin between the toes. This pathogenic fungus can also spread to infect the nails, which is referred to as onychomycosis. It can spread throughout the body and is easily transmitted to other people.
Who does athlete’s foot affect?
It is a biomechanical medical device that looks like an insole. Its purpose is to align the foot and ankle into an anatomically correct position, thereby correcting a foot imbalance and reducing strain on the rest of your body. They fit comfortably into the shoe and are designed specifically for your needs, made from imprints of your own feet. They can, therefore only be made after a foot specialist has done a full evaluation of your feet and fall into two main categories:
- Functional orthotics – to reduce pain caused by abnormal motion. These are usually made from plastic or graphite and can also be used for conditions such as tendinitis and shin splints.
- Accommodative orthotics – for additional support and cushioning. These are softer and are used for painful conditions such as calluses on the soles of the feet and to treat diabetic foot ulcers.
Unlike shoe inserts, custom orthotics are molded to your own feet, so they fit correctly and are more effective. In many cases, because they are made from excellent quality materials, they last for many years.
What do custom orthotics do, and what can they help with?
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.
When should you see a doctor?
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.
Schedule an appointment
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.