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Orthotics Specialist

Aloha Foot and Ankle Associates

Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Surgery located in Mission Viejo, CA

If you live with ongoing foot and ankle pain, a great pair of custom orthotics might be a great treatment option. You can learn about and get custom orthotics if indicated with the help of the podiatry team at Aloha Foot and Ankle Associates. Call the office to schedule an appointment or request an appointment online today.

Orthotics Q&A

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are special shoe inserts that are designed to remedy certain foot conditions. They are available over-the-counter and by prescription. They are used to relieve pain in your feet and prevent future complications. They can also help to address pain in the back and legs. 

Many podiatrists consider orthotics a powerful treatment option, and the right pair can even help you avoid more invasive treatment options down the line. It’s important to work with a professional when choosing orthotics. While there are many products online and in stores that promise to deliver lasting relief, orthotics are a form of professional medical equipment, and the ideal orthotic is a custom one, specially made to address your ailments and your unique foot.

What can orthotics do for me?

The right pair of orthotics can transform your daily routines. Some of the reasons your podiatrist might prescribe a set of custom orthotics include:

  • Supporting your ankle
  • Flat feet
  • High arched feet
  • Reducing pressure points in the foot 
  • Slowing down the progression of calluses
  • Correcting other existing foot deformities
  • Lowering the risk of additional foot or ankle injury
  • Enhancing the function of your foot or ankle

While over-the-counter shoe inserts or products sold online may be able to provide an added degree of cushioning to your favorite shoes, they can’t match the efficacy of a great pair of custom orthotics. Some patients may benefit just from over-the-counter orthotics, but ultimately, custom orthotics typically are more effective.

What types of orthotics are available?

Your podiatrist performs a comprehensive foot and ankle evaluation before prescribing custom orthotics. A physical exam, imaging, and other diagnostic tools provide insight into how your feet are functioning and how the rest of your body is affected. 

There are numerous options for the various types of orthotics and the materials used in creating them. Aloha Foot and Ankle Associates only use orthotics that go through a custom scanning or casting and fabrication process at one of the top labs in the country. This results in a pair of orthotics that are crafted to fit the exact specifications of your feet. 

The materials used in crafting your orthotics may include plastic, carbon fiber, or softer fabrics. You might need a full-shoe insert or a smaller insert that sits in the heel portion of your shoe. Orthotics might be part of a larger treatment plan or be an effective standalone measure. 

If you’re tired of aching feet and ankles, schedule an appointment with Aloha Foot and Ankle Associates to learn more about what custom orthotics can do for you. Call the office or request an appointment online today.