Orthotics are specially-designed shoe inserts that help provide support to the foot and can be used to address a wide range of foot- and ankle-related issues. Orthotics work by redistributing weight and pressure to relieve pain, inflammation and other problems, and to improve stability and balance as well as your overall gait (the way you walk). Custom orthotics are made specifically for your feet and for the problems you're experiencing, so you get targeted care and treatment that's designed to provide optimal results. Orthotics can be made of different materials and can be crafted for all types of shoes – even heels.
Yes! Every person's foot shape and gait are different, and that means when an issue like pain or inflammation occurs, it requires a custom approach to achieve results. Commercial inserts sold in drugstores and other retail establishments are designed for the general population, without regard to the individual differences that exist between feet. Without proper support for your foot shape, your gait and your medical issue, over-the-counter orthotics will only cause the problem to persist and possibly become worse over time. Custom orthotics are developed specifically for you, which means they're created to provide the ideal solution for your needs. Every custom orthotic takes many factors into account, including the shape and size of your foot and the individual components of your foot, as well as your gait, your symptoms and other issues to create a one-of-a-kind solution that's designed for you and you alone. Dr. Fish uses a personalized impression cast.
Most insurance plans do pay for custom orthotics, or at least for a portion of the costs. Ask your plan administrator, or ask our office staff to check for you.
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