The Anatomy Of A Custom Orthotic

November 01, 2017

One size does not always fit all! This couldn’t be truer than when it comes to orthotic shoe inserts. While universal-sized, over-the-counter options can add cushioning and sometimes support, what they can’t do is correct problems that are causing you pain.

Custom orthotics, on the other hand, are specifically designed for your unique feet to meet your individual needs. Measurements are taken via computer scan and your orthotics are then made to these specifications, incorporating necessary modifications to address specific problems.

With the ability to treat a wide variety of conditions, the type of orthotic made for you depends on the issues you are having with your feet. Generally, there are two types: functional and accommodative.

The functional variety are typically made of semi-rigid materials and are used to correct alignment or control abnormal movement of your feet. These are a common treatment for athletes with bad biomechanics or anyone with faulty foot structure and function. They address issues like overpronation, tendinitis, and heel or arch pain.

Accommodative orthotics help to provide support where it’s needed as well as cushion to redirect pressure away from problem areas, like bunions, calluses, painful heels and balls of the feet, as well as diabetic ulcers. These are made of softer, more flexible materials than their functional counterparts, and they can be used to distribute weight evenly and help manage conditions.