What are the Benefits of Custom Orthotics?

What are the Benefits of Custom Orthotics?

If you are experiencing foot or ankle problems or want to improve your foot health, one of the best conservative treatments that our podiatrists at Tipton & Unroe Foot & Ankle Care provide is custom orthotics. Orthotics are shoe inserts that can provide support and cushioning to enhance your foot comfort. Unlike generic ones that you can find at a pharmacy, custom orthotics are tailored to YOUR unique feet, meaning that you can provide them with the exact support that they need. 

Types of orthotics

In general, there are 2 types of custom orthotics:

Accommodative orthotics provide cushioning to prevent and ease skin issues like calluses, corns, and ulcers and are therefore made with softer materials.

Functional orthotics improve the foot mechanics to improve foot function and ease pain. They are typically created with stiffer material and can provide support in the entire foot. 

What are the benefits of custom orthotics?

  • Provide support for arch problems like high arches and flat feet.
  • Provide ankle stability for patients with recurring sprains or high risks of falling.
  • Ease pain and pressure from skin conditions like warts, ulcerscorns, and neuromas through extra cushioning.
  • Improve foot function and treat abnormal foot mechanics to relieve pain and discomfort.
  • Prevent overuse injuries like achilles tendinitis, shin splints, and plantar fasciitis.
  • Treat existing conditions like bunionsheel pain, hammertoes, arthritis, and neuropathy.
  • Provide alternatives to invasive procedures like surgery.

How are they made?

Custom orthotics are created either through physical casts of each of your feet or through scanning your foot digitally. These casts are then sent to labs to create your very own custom orthotic. Orthotics can have a variety of forms, from heel cups to entire foot inserts that are placed inside footwear.

Contact us!

Looking to treat an existing foot problem or prevent future ones through enhancing your foot function? Then custom orthotics can be a great option for you. Our team of expert podiatrists at Tipton & Unroe Foot & Ankle Care are dedicated to providing treatments that are tailored to your feet and your individual needs. Contact any of our offices in Louisville, Bardstown, or LaGrange, KY to set up your appointment today!

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