A custom orthotic is a device designed to align the foot and ankle into the most anatomically efficient position. They look like insoles, but are biomechanical medical appliances that are custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance. Custom orthotics work on your feet much like glasses work on your eyes – they reduce stress and strain on your body by bringing your feet back into proper alignment. The plastic body of custom orthotics helps to re-align the foot by redirecting and reducing certain motion that takes place during the gait cycle. Custom orthotics fit into your shoes as comfortably as an insole and they have the advantage of having been made from precise imprints of your feet.
The symptoms of poor foot mechanics can include any one of the following:
- Localized foot pain
- Bunions, hammer toes
- Arch/heel pain
- Leg/knee pain
- Hip/back pain
To be fitted for custom made orthotics, Dr. Le will perform a biomechanical gait analysis and assessment of your foot mechanics. She will also conduct a health history and evaluate your needs, recommending the most suitable type of orthotic that would be for your lifestyle. The casting is done in a foam mold and is sent to a lab where the custom orthotic is created. The orthotic laboratory that we utilize is The Orthotic Group. Custom orthotics help rebalance your feet, reducing pain and discomfort by enhancing your body’s natural movements.