Custom foot orthotics are designed to align the foot and ankle into the most anatomically efficient position. They look similar to insoles, but are biomedical appliances that are custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance. The plastic body of the custom orthotic helps to re-align the foot while you walk. We understand that everyone is different, which is why custom foot orthotics are made just for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much do custom orthotic inserts cost?
The cost of custom made orthotics depends on what orthotic laboratory the doctor chooses. It also depends on the materials used, as well as the deformity that is being addressed. The more complex the deformity, the more adjustments the lab has to make. They can run from 200$ to 600$.
Are custom orthotics worth the cost?
Yes they definitely are. There is so much that goes into the making of an orthotic. It includes a thorough physical examination from your doctor, followed by x-rays, then taking a cast or 3-D scan of your non weight bearing foot in a neutral position, manufacturing and fitting the device.
What are custom molded orthotics?
Custom made orthotics are specific inserts made specifically for the person wearing them. They are not just a regular shoe insert you can buy online or at a sports store. They are customized and made for your unique feet. In order to make the orthotics, the doctor evaluates your deformities and asks you about your symptoms. The doctor then places you in the proper alignment to reduce your deformities. The orthotics are then built in such a manner that when you place them in your shoes your deformities and symptoms are reduced and even gone.
Do you need a prescription for custom orthotics?
After a doctor evaluates a patient's needs, they send the information to a lab via the form of a prescription to create the actual orthotic. Making a custom molded orthotics cannot be done without a face-to-face visit. The appropriate measurements must be taken by placing the patient in a neutral non-weightbearing position and then using casting material or a 3-D scanner to take an image of the foot. The correct prescription is then sent to the laboratory responsible for making the orthotics.
Do custom orthotics really work?
Yes, orthotics really work. They are part of a comprehensive treatment plan used to treat pain, misalignment and discomfort of the feet, legs and even back. They help correct foot deformities, help support the arches and reduce inflammation. They help distress the tendons of the feet and muscles of the legs reducing the risks of future injuries. They also reduce pain to the knees, hips, and back.
Are orthotics really necessary?
Orthotics are necessary for several deformities and medical conditions. Conditions such as but not limited to;
- Plantar fasciitis - Orthotics will reduce inflammation and support the arch.
- Arthritis - Orthotics will reduce the discomfort and correct poor positioning.
- Bunions and Hammertoes - These are deformities caused by the foot type of an individual. The unbalancing of the tendons cause the bones to shift and create deformity. Orthotics will position the foot correctly and reduce the progression of the deformity.
- Back pain - Poor positioning of the feet can misalign the back and orthotics will lessen the pain with proper alignment.
- Diabetes - Some people get neuropathy, loss of sensation in their feet. Orthotics can help reduce the stress and pressure that is created and help prevent ulcers and amputations.
- Flat feet - Flat feet can cause foot, ankle, and back pain. Orthotics can help to support the feet and promote proper foot positioning.
- High arches - A high arch creates lots of stress on the tendons of the feet. Orthotics will support these high arches.
- Injuries - People who’ve experienced trauma to their feet and ankles that may cause excessive rolling of their ankle in an inward or outward way may require extra support which is provided by orthotics.
Do you need bigger shoes for orthotics?
You do not need bigger shoes for your new orthotics. All you have to do is remove the inserts that come with your shoes and replace it with the custom orthotic.
What are the best custom orthotics?
The best type of orthotics is one that achieves the proper support and corrects the condition and symptoms a person has. The orthotic is based on each individual's need. Materials range from rigid to accommodative. They can be full length or semi length. The importance is in the experience the doctor has in taking the appropriate mold of your feet and on writing the prescription.
Does insurance cover custom orthotics?
All insurances are different. Some cover at 100%. Others may only cover partially and some insurances don't cover at all. It is best to discuss your options with your doctor and have the staff check with your insurance company.
Should orthotics hurt at first?
New orthotics will feel uncomfortable and may hurt at first. It is important to ease your feet into wearing them. This is done slowly and is called the breaking in period. The orthotics are changing the way the muscles and tendons of your entire body work and the way you have been walking all your life. It will take some time to get used to them.
Why do my orthotics hurt?
Your orthotics should not hurt after the breaking in period. If they were made properly and custom for you they should not even be felt in your shoes. It is important that you discuss it with your doctor if any pain or discomfort is felt so that the orthotics can be either adjusted or remade.
Which insoles do podiatrists recommend?
Every podiatrist will choose a laboratory that they believe will create the best custom orthotic for their patient. Here at Cella Foot & Ankle Specialty we have looked long and hard and have gone to several labs to witness the manufacturing of orthotics. We have chosen a laboratory named Performance Laboratory.