Custom Foot Orthotics – Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What experience do we have with Orthotics?

A: We have the following training, schooling and experience in the field of Orthotics.

  • Shoe repair experience since 1994
    • Shoe & boot repair, zippers, leather work, handbags, dyeing, stretching
    • Shoe care (cleaning, conditioning, polishing & protection)
  • Graduated from Temple University, Philadelphia PA, with training in Pedorthics in 2005
    • Received training in the following areas:
    • Foot anatomy & Biomechanics
    • Foot evaluation
    • Foot measurement & proper shoe fit
    • Orthotic fabrication
    • Shoe buildup for Leg Length Descrepency
    • Other shoe modifications
    • Diabetic foot care

Q: What is Pedorthics?

A:–  (ped-or’-thiks) is the design, manufacture, modification, and fit of footwear, including foot orthoses, to alleviate foot problems caused by disease, overuse, and/or congenital defect or injury. It’s footwear, carefully fitted, to relieve or accommodate temporary or permanent foot problems. It can look so “mainstream” that others don’t realize a foot problem exists. It costs less than a lot of people expect. and it can help people stay healthy.

The services of a pedorthist are often necessary to limit the effects of challenges from birth problems such as cerebral palsy, osteogenesis imperfecta, spina bifida, and malformation of the long bones. Fractures, orthopedic injuries, and spinal cord injuries are often helped by prescribed orthoses. Pedorthic treatment may also benefit those with problems caused by stroke, arthritis, diabetes, and various athletic injuries. Some common ailments treated with pedorthics include; plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, hammer toes, bunions, metatarsalgia and diabetic ulcers.

Q: Why do I need foot orthotics?

A: In your lifetime you will walk over 100,000 miles, equivalent to walking around the world more than 3-1/2 times! The benefits of caring for your feet with custom orthotics can provide many additional years of comfortable walking and improved biomechanical health.

Q: What is a custom orthotic?

A: A custom foot orthosis is a supportive device that is specifically made to fit your individual foot. Properly fit, the orthotic is worn in the shoe and acts as an interface between foot, the shoe and the ground.

Q: What does an orthotic do?

A: Custom Orthotics provide four basic benefits:

  1. Orthotics support the foot and ankle during weight bearing and in gait, giving you greater balance.
  2. Allow for greater and more even weight distribution relieving undesirable foot stresses.
  3. Orthotics can provide a change in foot function, helping to compensate for abnormalities.
  4. Custom Orthotics provide superior shock absorption in addition to controlling the calcaneus heel bone. The combination makes it real joy to walk, run, and participate in all your favorite activities again.

Q: How long does it take?

A: The length of time to make a pair of custom orthotics depends on the individual needs. Generally between 3 to 10 days.

Q: Do orthotics require special shoes?

A: Orthotics are designed to fit into most shoes, especially shoes with a little extra depth. A good quality, supportive shoe that fits well is an important part of the overall success with any orthotic. Shoes with removable insoles are usually the best for holding the orthotic. You may want a 3/4 length pair for dress shoes, flats or pumps.

Q: How long do orthotics last

A: The actual shell of the orthotic will last a life time, considering no major changes with the foot. The padding and top cover may have to be refurbished within 1-2 years of use. Depending on the level of activity of the user wear patterns will vary person to person.

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