Custom Orthotics

Custom Orthotics

The average person takes 8000 to 10,000 steps a day! Every step that you take impacts your body, but your feet shouldn’t hurt. They are designed to be used, and pain is the body’s way of warning you that something is wrong. If you ignore the pain, the condition causing it could become worse. You might also develop pain and discomfort in other places, such as your ankle, knee, hip, or spine.

Custom orthotics help correct misalignments of the foot, improve posture, and eliminate foot or leg pain. They can be inserted into a shoe or integrated into the shoe’s design so that they become part of the sole of the shoe. Custom orthotics differ from the inserts that you can buy at general stores because they are specially made to conform to the unique shape of your foot and can be created for almost any type of shoe, whether it is flat or high-heeled.

There are several common symptoms that may indicate that there is a misalignment of the foot. If any of the following describes you, you might be a candidate for orthotics:

  • one side of the sole of your shoe wears out faster than the other
  • you frequently sprain your ankle
  • you have chronic heel, knee or lower back pain
  • your shins hurt
  • your toes are not straight
  • your feet point inward or excessively outward when you walk
  • your feet hurt in general

Custom made orthotics can play a supportive role in the overall treatment of the symptoms listed above and, more importantly, prevent re-occurrences. Many insurance policies include coverage for orthotics. Check with you benefits provider to see if orthotics are covered under your plan.