Custom Orthotics

By The Foot Care Aide | September 6, 2009

What Are Custom Orthotics?

Orthotics is actually the medical field relating to the design, development, manufacturer or fitting of devices designed to provide additional support or correct imbalances in the muscles or bones of the body.  But, the term “orthotics” is also used to refer to the devices created by those professionals. 

Custom orthotics are devices that are sized to fit a specific person.  When it comes to the feet and lower body, appliances that fall under the heading of custom orthotics include shoes, braces and insoles of various types. 

What Are Custom Orthotics Used For?

Insoles may be used to:

Braces may be used to provide additional support for the knee or ankle.  In some cases, the braces are therapeutic; used to provide compression or cold therapy.  Special braces for the toes are used to separate and straighten.

Therapeutic or orthopedic shoes may be used as an alternative to insoles.  They can provide many of the same benefits.

Who Could Benefit from Custom Orthotics?

Many people can and do benefit from custom orthotics.  Practically anyone could benefit from an insole, but there are specific conditions that can be relieved with an orthotic device. 

Custom orthotics may also be beneficial for arch, ball of foot, heel, ankle, knee, hip or back pain.  Healthy pain-free feet provide the right foundation for a healthy pain-free lower body.

Topics: Achilles Tendonitis, Arch Pain & Flat Feet, Ball-of-Foot Pain, Chondromalacia, Custom Orthotics, Diabetic Foot Care, Diabetic Neuropathy, Sensitive Feet | 1 Comment »

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One Response to “Custom Orthotics”

  1. Davenport House Orthotics Clinic Says:
    December 21st, 2009 at 11:19 am

    Great Post! It is very important that people know that they don’t have to live with painful foot conditions, help is available. Painful feet can affect your daily routine and prevent us from enjoying activities such as walking and sports. Most foot conditions can be prevented by wearing orthotics.

    Orthotics are used to reduce pain, redistribute pressure and to prevent problems with our feet. Orthotics are also used to restore natural foot function and to cure conditions such as flat feet.


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