What Are Custom Orthotic Devices?
Custom orthotics are uniquely-made devices designed to support and comfort your feet. Prescription orthotics are created for you and nobody else. They match the contours of your feet accurately and are created for the way you move. At Health Star Clinic, we offer custom orthotic devices after we conduct a thorough evaluation of your feet, ankles and legs, so we can accommodate your particular foot structure and pathology.
Custom orthotics are divided into two types:
- Functional orthotics are created to maintain unnatural movements. They can be utilized 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 generally 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.
Conditions We Treat With Custom Orthotics
We use custom orthotics to treat foot problems such as plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, bursitis, diabetic foot ulcers and foot, ankle and heel pain. These custom orthotic devices may also be utilized to treat an array of foot problems including hammertoes, foot ulcers, bunions, heel pain and even back pain. Many of these conditions develop as a result of poor foot biomechanics. Clinical research studies have shown that prescribed foot custom orthotics reduce foot pain and enhance function.
Custom orthotics are molded to fit each individual foot, so you can be sure that your orthotics fit comfortably and do what they’re supposed to do. Prescription custom orthotics are also made of top-notch materials and can last many years when cared for properly.
Why Not Buy Shoe Inserts from the Store?
Custom orthotics are very different from the prepackaged shoe inserts found in retail stores or available over the Internet. Over-the-counter shoe inserts may be helpful to provide cushioning for the heel or sole of the foot, or to prevent your shoes from rubbing against your toes, yet they are not effective in correcting biomechanical issues or to cure more serious, long-term foot problems.
These diagnoses require a more customized approach to treatment. Orthotics may be a key part of a larger treatment plan that includes oral or injectable medications, stretching or strengthening exercises, and special types of shoes.
Orthotics cost more than pre-packaged shoe inserts from the store, but the cost is well worth it. They are tailored to a patient’s individual needs so they will fit properly and successfully address that patient’s unique symptoms. Additionally, custom orthotics last significantly longer than over-the-counter devices as a result of the durable materials used to make the devices. In some instances, insurance will help pay for prescription orthotics.
Request a Custom Orthotic Fitting
If you have serious pain or discomfort to your feet or ankles, you should request a custom orthotic fitting as soon as possible to prevent further damage. Pain is not normal. Our Health Star Clinic physicians will assess your overall health and look for any other contributing factors.
If you or your loved ones are experiencing foot pain, you may need a custom orthotic device to improve your quality of life. To schedule your appointment you can contact Health Star Clinic in Birmingham at (205) 203-0000.