What are Orthotics?

Orthotics are custom-made or over-the-counter shoe inserts designed to support, align, prevent, or correct foot deformities, as well as improve foot function.

Orthotics can come in many different shapes and sizes and can be made from different types of materials. The purpose of a custom orthotic is for it to match your specific needs. Some orthotics may be rigid or functional, while others are soft and accommodative. 

What conditions can orthotics treat?

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Flat feet
  • High arches
  • Heel spurs
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Conditions related to diabetes

Orthotics FAQ

Signs you may benefit from orthotics include persistent foot pain, uneven shoe wear, flat feet or excessively high arches, frequent ankle sprains, or pain in your knees, hips, or lower back.

Yes, there are several types, including functional orthotics designed to control abnormal motion and accommodative orthotics meant to provide support and cushioning.

Orthotics can fit into most types of footwear that have a removable insole, but it’s best to wear them with well-fitting, supportive shoes. Some orthotics may require extra depth or specific styles of shoes.

Adjustment periods vary; some people adapt within a few days, while others may need several weeks. It’s important to gradually increase wear time as recommended by a healthcare professional.

Children may need orthotics if they have foot deformities, gait abnormalities, or other issues affecting their foot function or alignment. Early intervention can aid in normal development.

For a proper diagnosis and recommended treatment plan, we suggest you consult with a podiatrist for professional help and care.