Custom Orthotics: One Solution for Lots of Problems

Sometimes your feet could use a little help to function correctly, stop hurting, and remain injury-free. Custom orthotics to the rescue! These devices fit inside your shoes and provide a simple solution for a whole lot of foot problems -- from biomechanical and structural issues, to sports injuries, and more. Often confused with shoe inserts and arch supports, custom made orthotics offer far more than these two store-bought options combined!

Custom Orthotics vs. Over-the-Counter Inserts and Supports

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While orthotics, shoe inserts, and arch supports all slip inside your shoes, there are distinct differences between them. Over-the-counter inserts and supports are generally one-size fits all and may provide added cushion and support, but that’s it. They cannot correct poor biomechanics, accommodate structural abnormalities, or address individual foot problems like custom made orthotics can.

Custom orthotics are actually prescribed and designed to the contours of your unique feet, then modified to address your individual needs specifically. We do this by analyzing your gait and biomechanics, taking 3D images of your feet, then, based on this information, customizing a pair of orthotics that perfectly suit your foot size and account for any abnormalities in its shape or positioning.

Beyond cushion and support, these devices can correct your gait, improve balance, absorb shock more efficiently, direct pressure away from problem areas, evenly distribute weight, and keep your feet in proper alignment. Over-the-counter shoe inserts and arch supports can’t do any of that!

Types of Custom Orthotics and the Conditions They Can Treat

While the number of conditions orthotics can benefit is many, there are just two main types of these devices: functional and accommodative.

Functional control abnormal motion. This type is made of semi-rigid materials and typically used to correct position of your foot and the way in which it moves through your gait cycle. Examples of conditions that can benefit from functional orthotics are flat feet that tend to overpronate, heel pain from plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, bursitis, and other overuse injuries like shin splints and stress fractures.

Accommodative orthotics are made of softer materials than the functional variety. These are usually used for cushion and redirecting pressure away from such issues as diabetic foot ulcers, painful calluses, neuromas, deformities like bunions and hammertoes, and more.

Not only are custom made orthotics used to treat a wide range of conditions, but they can be used to prevent them as well! By helping your foot move properly and accommodating your individual needs, orthotics actually reduce your risk of injury while at the same time alleviate pain.

Can Custom Orthotics Benefit You?

Custom orthotics are specially designed to fit your needs, whatever they may be, so you can step correctly, stay healthy, and feel great -- but are they right for you? Come see us to find out. Make an appointment at our Houston, TX office by dialing (713) 493-7372 or by using our online contact form. We’ll assess your feet, analyze your gait, and determine if orthotics can come to your rescue (odds are pretty good they can)!