Are you tired of dealing with foot pain that never seems to go away? Are you looking for a solution that will give you the support you need to live your life comfortably? Custom orthotics may be just what you need. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about orthotics to help you understand what they are, how they work, and whether they may be right for you.
What are custom orthotics?
Custom orthotics are shoe inserts that are made specifically for your feet. They are designed to provide support and cushioning where your feet need it most. Unlike over-the-counter inserts, custom orthotics are made from a mold of your feet, which ensures a perfect fit and maximum support.
What types of foot problems can custom orthotics help with?
Custom orthotics can help with a variety of foot problems, including:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Flat feet
- High arches
- Heel spurs
- Achilles tendonitis
- Knee pain
- Back pain
How do custom orthotics work?
Custom orthotics work by providing support and cushioning to your feet. They help distribute your body weight evenly across your feet, reducing pressure on specific areas. This can help alleviate pain and prevent further damage to your feet.
Do I need a prescription for custom orthotics?
Yes, you will need a prescription from a healthcare provider such as a podiatrist, orthopedic surgeon, or chiropractor to get custom orthotics. Our podiatrists will evaluate your foot and any foot-related issues you may have and recommend the appropriate type of orthotic for your needs.
How are custom orthotics made?
To make custom orthotics, your podiatrist will first take a mold of your feet using a foam box or 3D scanner. This mold is then sent to a laboratory where a custom orthotic is created based on your specific foot shape and any recommended modifications from your podiatrist.
How long do custom orthotics last?
The lifespan of custom orthotics varies depending on how often they are worn and how well they are taken care of. Generally, custom orthotics can last anywhere from 1-5 years.
Are custom orthotics covered by insurance?
Many insurance plans do cover custom orthotics, but coverage varies depending on the plan. It’s best to check with your insurance provider to see what is covered under your plan.
How much do custom orthotics cost?
The cost of custom orthotics varies depending on the type of orthotic, the materials used, and the healthcare provider. On average, custom orthotics can cost anywhere from $300 to $600 per pair.
Are custom orthotics worth the cost?
While custom orthotics may seem expensive, they are often worth the investment. They can help alleviate foot pain and prevent further damage to your feet, which can lead to long-term cost savings in medical bills and missed work.
Here’s a short story of a patient who finally found relief from flat feet through custom orthotics. (name changed)
Janet had been dealing with foot pain for years, but she had always assumed it was just a normal part of getting older. She had flat feet, and she often felt like she was walking on rocks. She tried various over-the-counter inserts, but they never seemed to provide the relief she was looking for.
One day, Janet call our office about her foot pain. After examining her feet, we recommended custom orthotics. Janet was hesitant at first, worried about the cost and the inconvenience of having to wear special inserts in her shoes.
However, once she received her custom orthotics and started wearing them, she couldn’t believe the difference they made. Her feet felt supported and cushioned, and she no longer experienced the constant pain she had been dealing with for years. She could walk for longer periods of time without feeling fatigued, and she even noticed that her knees and lower back felt better as well.
Janet was so pleased with the results of her custom orthotics that she recommended them to her friends and family who also struggled with foot pain. She was grateful for the relief they provided and for the ability to enjoy her daily activities without the constant discomfort she had become used to.
How do I care for my custom orthotics?
To care for your custom orthotics, it’s important to keep them clean and dry. Avoid exposing them to excessive heat or moisture, as this can damage the materials. You can clean them with a damp cloth and mild soap, and allow them to air dry completely before using them again.
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In conclusion, custom orthotics can be a great solution for anyone dealing with foot pain or related issues. They are designed to provide support and cushioning where your feet need it most, and can help alleviate pain and prevent further damage. If you’re considering custom orthotics, contact one of our offices and we can walk you through the process to see if it’s right for you!