Did you know the average person will take approximately 10,000 steps per day? Orthotics, also known as foot orthoses are custom foot supporters are designed to provide a better fit for your feet and balance the inadequacies of the feet and legs. Some people can experience foot pain due to abnormal motion and functional orthotics are designed to help alleviate these problems as well as to treat injuries such as tendinitis or shin splints. However, the most common reason for people to use orthotics are for arch or heel pain commonly experienced with Plantar Fasciitis, lower leg tendonitis, and even for knee pain like “runner’s knee”.
Custom orthotics are more specialized than the over the counter insoles you can purchase at your local pharmacy because they are specially produced to fit your unique shape of your foot and your foot condition(s) and made from prescription. They can be discreetly worn with appropriate footwear. The effectiveness of a custom foot orthotics is only as good as the footwear that it is worn with. When worn properly and is appropriate for the individual and their lifestyle, the results can be felt almost immediately.
There are several methods for how custom-made orthotics are produced, most beginning with a practitioner taking a mold or cast of the patient’s foot. The cast is then sent to a lab accompanied with a prescription for recommended modifications to treat the patient’s conditions. Using the practitioner’s recommendations, the lab technician use supportive materials to create the orthotic which incorporates all the necessary adjustments. The prescription is so important to address each patient’s unique form and conditions as well as to keep the ankles, feet, and lower legs comfortable and pain-free.
Here at Studio Athletica however; we use a 3D laser method to fit you for orthotics. The 3D Laser scanner has many benefits, such a quick scan of the foot, incredibly accurate imaging of the foot and providing an expedited process in transferring your scan (which would generally be a cast mailed out) to the orthotic manufacturer which results in a much quicker turn around time for receiving your orthotics. The 3D scanner has the same accuracy as casting/foaming impressions and is recognized by thrid party health insurance providers! Prices below:
Basic Orthotic – $350
Regular Orthotic – $500
Advance Performance Orthotic – $650
Custom-made orthotics can offer many major benefits including: Alleviating foot pain, ankle pain, as well as pain in legs and lower back. This is done by maintaining the proper alignment of the foot and leg as well as improving balance, as well as reducing pressure from areas of the foot that appear to be more susceptible to calluses and ulcerations. Some people may require a customized arch or heel support which also helps to prevent the progression of bunions and provide better shock absorption. Overall, custom-made orthotics help to maintain a person’s general wellbeing and comfort by allowing them to be on their feet, living an active lifestyle for longer whether it be to take a walk in the park or participating in vigorous sports and training.
Below is a list of foot problems that are commonly treated with custom orthotics:
- Flat feet (Pes planus)
- High Arched feet (Pes cavus)
- Heel Spur
- Heel Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Metatarsal Pain
- Hallux Pain
- Hallux Abducto Valgus
- Shin splints
- Lower back and leg pain