Frequently Asked Questions

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Some people call them “arch supports,” but they really aren’t; they’re much more. Prescription orthotics are custom-made forms which correct your individual foot problems. They are made of high-impact materials, such as plastic and super strength woven fibers, and they’re designed to be inserted right into your shoes. The most important feature of a pair of orthotics is they’re made specifically for your feet. You and someone else may have a similar foot problem, but your feet are unique. They’re not like anyone else’s. That’s why orthotics are custom-made. Once orthotics are slipped inside your shoes, they fit comfortably to your foot. So comfortably, in fact, that once you start wearing them, you won’t want to walk without them again. For more information about repairing of your orthotics, click here.

As your foot rests on the orthotic, it is gently and consistently directed into the correct position for walking, running and standing.

With a pair of orthotics, pressure points, improper rotation of the foot and painful muscle strain are all eliminated because your foot is functioning properly.

First you must be fitted for them. It’s not hard. Your doctor gives you a complete examination and determines your particular foot problem. He then makes a plaster impression of your feet held in the correct position. When the casts are finished, they are sent to an orthotic laboratory where they are used to produce your orthotics.

Here, technicians, following your doctor’s specifications, add special sponge padding, heel lifts, or built-up areas to customize an orthotic to correct your specific problem.

The lab sends them back to your doctor…and they’re ready for walking.

There’s really not an answer to this question. You see, orthotics do not cure your foot problem. They work on the same principle as glasses…a doctor may prescribe glasses for you, but they won’t cure your vision problems. Instead, orthotics simply modify the function of your foot as you continue to wear them. However, in some young patients, the early use of prescription orthotics, before the bones are fully developed, may actually correct a foot problem.

Or at least, they can ensure that the problem does not develop further. In other words, you’ll need to wear orthotics as long as you want to avoid discomfort.

Remember, your feet are the foundation for your entire body. Obtaining and consistently wearing orthotics can be the best investment you can make in your overall well-being.

In order to help relieve the painful heel spur syndrome, an Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy can be performed. For more information on this minimally invasive procedure, click here.
We have established a detailed, week-by-week set of guidelines to maximize recovery from bunion surgery through exercise. Exercising is a very important part of the recovery process. To view the exercise guidelines after bunion surgery, click here.


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