Orthotics are an appliance that goes into a shoe—think closer to the insole of a shoe—that can be moved from shoe to shoe. Orthotics can be worn in a variety of shoes, including running shoes, hiking shoes, dress shoes, snow boots, golf shoes, ski boots, and more.
Orthotics are also vastly different from the insoles that people buy at the grocery store or drugstore. Those insoles offer extra padding for comfort but do not help with the function of the foot.
Sometimes, people confuse orthotics with orthopedic shoes, a bland but supportive shoe type worn for increased support and rigidity. Unlike orthotics, orthopedic shoes are not adjustable.
Types of Orthotics
The most common orthotics you will encounter are arch supports, heel liners, and foot cushions.
Custom foot orthotics prescribed by a podiatrist decrease foot pain and improve function. Custom orthotics are designed to support and comfort your feet specifically and help improve the joint position and function of your foot's specific anatomy, thus improving the mechanical performance of your foot.
Prescription orthotics, like the ones prescribed by the foot doctors at Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle, are crafted for your feet and no one else's. Our orthotics are only manufactured after we have conducted a full evaluation of your feet, ankles, and legs so that the orthotic will accommodate your unique foot pathology and structure. Your custom orthotics will match the contours of your feet specifically and are designed for the way you move.
Custom prescription orthotics are divided into two categories:
Usually crafted of a semi-rigid material like plastic or graphite, functional orthotics treat foot pain caused by abnormal motion. They are also often used to treat conditions such as shin splints or tendonitis.
These are softer and provide additional support and cushioning to the feet. They are often used to treat diabetic foot ulcers, painful calluses on the bottom of the foot, and other uncomfortable foot conditions.
Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle uses custom orthotics to treat foot problems such as bursitis, diabetic foot ulcers, plantar fasciitis, and more.
How to Ensure You're Getting Orthotics That Will Benefit Your Feet
Don't be fooled into purchasing overpriced non-custom orthotics from a retail store like Good Feet. These are pulled off the shelf and are sold by sizing, just like shoes. In contrast, the orthotics at Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle are prescribed by a licensed and certified foot doctor using the latest in advanced technology. Your podiatrist will customize a pair of orthotics specifically made to fit your feet by scanning and measuring your feet. These will not fit anyone else's feet.
Here's a quick comparison of Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle custom orthotics vs. retailers:
- Depending on the patient's needs, our orthotics can cost as little as half the retail cost.
- Some insurance companies will pay for our prescription custom orthotics, but not theirs.
- Medicaid may pay for our prescription custom orthotics, but not theirs.
- Our orthotics take about two weeks to make because they are made only for your feet.
Are You Searching for Custom Foot Orthotics in the Caldwell or Meridian, Idaho Area?
If you're searching for custom foot orthotics you owe it to yourself to speak with our experienced doctors as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact us online or call our office directly at 208-855-5955 to schedule your appointment. We service all areas surrounding Meridian, Idaho as well as all areas in the Caldwell, Idaho area. We look forward to helping you!