Custom Orthotics

For your convenience, we provide on-site service for orthotics, customizable for your individual foot needs. If you are interested in seeing if this is the right treatment for you, schedule an appointment today at one of our locations throughout Greater Columbus, Ohio! 

Do I Need Orthotics?

To determine if custom orthotics are the right solution for you, speak with our expert team of foot specialists. We can evaluate your specific needs and recommend the most suitable type of orthotic for you.

What Our Patients Say

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Foot fatigue and foot pain can deeply impact your quality of life. Our podiatrists at Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center know that sometimes more than a store-bought insert is needed to alleviate pain in the lower extremities. That is why we offer a more advanced treatment. This treatment is called custom orthotics.

What Is a Custom Orthotic?

A custom orthotic is a type of prescribed medical device used to support your feet while providing relief from pain and discomfort. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), orthotics “match the contours of your feet precisely and are designed for the way you move.”

These custom-fit shoe inserts are tailor-made to correct biomechanical issues, including an irregular or abnormal walking pattern that affects the way you stand and run. Orthotics (also referred to as foot orthoses) can be necessary to help:

A woman wearing a sneaker with custom orthotics.

If your circumstances require more than off-the-shelf devices, a custom prescription orthotic can be worth it. They provide an increased amount of support and correction. Additionally, because they are made with high-quality materials, they usually last longer.

What Conditions Can a Custom Orthotic Help With?

A custom orthotic can help with the following conditions if they are causing significant foot and heel pain:

Type of Orthotics

Since each person has their own individual makeup and foot pattern, your podiatrist will conduct a thorough examination, including a gait analysis, to see which orthotic would best suit your needs. Prescription orthotics can be divided into two distinct categories:

Functional Orthotics

Functional orthotics are designed to control abnormal motion and ease the pain caused by it in your lower extremity. These devices are usually crafted of a rigid material such as plastic, carbon fiber, or graphite. Functional or rigid orthotics provide the most benefit when they are paired with dress shoes or walking shoes that have low heels and closed toes.

Accommodative Orthotics

Accommodative orthotics are crafted from softer compression materials to provide additional cushioning and arch support. They can be used to treat diabetic foot ulcers and other uncomfortable foot conditions. Due to the size of this supportive orthotic, you may need to pair it with prescription footwear for maximum comfort


Orthotic Follow-Up Appointments

Two weeks after you receive your orthotic, you should be seen by your podiatrist. This follow-up appointment can help them see how well the device is working for you. Within that two-week time frame, you should feel an improvement. If not, it is crucial for you to inform your podiatrist so that they can make the needed adjustments and prevent complications.

Additionally, you will need to see your podiatrist once a year to periodically assess your device for material failure and changes in your biomechanics. You will be informed when they need to be replaced. Remember, follow-up appointments are needed for continued comfort, so be sure to keep your scheduled appointments.


What Is the Difference Between an Over-the-Counter Insert and an Orthotic?

The difference is that while over-the-counter inserts may provide comfort, these mass-produced, non-prescription foot support devices are not designed to correct foot problems. The most common shoe inserts include arch supports, heel liners, foot cushions, and insoles. Orthotics are individually designed to treat the symptoms and the source of the problem.

How Long Can a Custom Orthotic Last?

With the proper care, custom foot orthotics can last for a year. They are made with high-quality materials to ensure durability. However, there are some lifestyle changes or changes in your body, such as pregnancy or an injury, that may necessitate a change in your prescription earlier than originally planned.

Do I Need a Prescription for Custom Orthotics?

Yes, you will need a prescription for custom-made orthotics because they will be specifically designed for the needs of your feet. If you choose to use custom insoles without consulting a foot doctor, you can cause further complications rather than curing your current condition.

To determine if custom orthotics are the right solution for you, speak with our expert team at Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center. We can evaluate your specific needs and recommend the most suitable type of orthotic for you.

With the proper care, custom orthotics can provide you with long-term pain relief. Contact us today to schedule a visit at one of our many convenient locations throughout the Columbus, OH area!

Medically reviewed by Lynette R. Mehl, DPM

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