What Are Custom Orthotics?

Custom orthotics are specially designed shoe inserts to provide support, stability and cushioning for your feet. When used correctly they can alleviate foot/ankle/leg pain, reduce foot fatigue and help to improve biomechanical balance. Many sports injuries are also helped by using custom orthotics, as they can help to lower the overall force load through the foot/leg complex, reduce muscle fatigue and increase athletic performance.

The word “custom” is often misconstrued, if your podiatrist prescribes you with an arch support that you buy at a store, it is not considered to be custom fit, no matter what the advertisement says. A true custom orthotic is only made after a thorough non-weight bearing cast of your foot has been taken, and your podiatrist has determined that you are a candidate for this type of device.

Benefits of Custom Orthotics from Talaria Podiatrist of Thornbury

Once your podiatrist has taken the proper impressions of your foot, they are sent to an orthotic lab where they will be fabricated into a custom device that fits your particular shoe. Your prescription will include specifications for the device including the materials, dimensions and corrections that are necessary to address your specific foot problems.

It can take a few weeks to get used to wearing custom orthotics, and there may be some initial discomfort, but this should only last a short period of time. If you do not experience any improvement in your symptoms after a few weeks, you should contact your doctor to determine if the orthotic is working for you and what adjustments can be made to better suit your needs.