What are orthotics?
An orthotic is a special insert for your shoe designed to provide support and relieve pain due to a number of conditions in your feet, legs or back. At Advanced Foot and Ankle Clinics we strive to individualize a prescription to not only provide pain relief, but also help you maintain your current lifestyle. All of our doctors are trained in providing individually tailored prescriptions for a variety of custom orthotic types including diabetic, dress, sport, and accommodative. Orthotics must be prescribed by a doctor, and they will be custom-fitted to the shape of your feet in order to address your specific needs.
Why might I need custom orthotics?
Custom made orthotics can relieve pain associated with a wide variety of conditions. Here is a brief list of ailments that lead us to prescribe and create orthotics at Advanced Foot and Ankle Clinics:
- Arthritis (rheumatoid and osteoarthritis)
- Plantar fasciitis
- Foot shape (flat feet, high arches)
- Foot and ankle injuries
- Bunions and hammer toes
- After reconstructive surgery
- Bony prominences
Can you make my custom orthotics?
Yes! Advanced Foot and Ankle Clinics is proud to offer custom orthotics to our patients. If you believe custom orthotics will help you take the first step toward living pain free, schedule an appointment with us today. One of our well trained providers will assess your symptoms and create a plan that fits your needs.
Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFOs):
At Advanced Foot and Ankle Clinics we also can provide custom casting for Ankle Foot Orthosis for a variety of conditions and ailments. Just like our custom orthotics process each of our trained providers can individualize a prescription to fit your needs and goals.
The most common reasons to be prescribed an AFO are the following:
- Advanced Osteoarthritis
- Flat Foot
- High Arch Foot
- Cerebral Palsy
- Drop Foot
- Gait Abnormalities
Here at Advanced Foot and Ankle Clinics we have the ability to offer the frontier of new orthotic technology in the form of a dynamic suspension device known as SubioMed. This device is indicated for the same conditions as our custom inserts and AFO devices and can be incorporated to include your previous devices to add another conservative option to your care. All of our physicians are knowledgeable about this new technology and are happy to talk discuss if these would be beneficial for your care.
Principals of SubioMed
Dynamic Energy Management - The ability to effectively manage the negative forces that accelerate breakdown and failure in the human suspension system. For medical and consumer applications.
Deceleration & Energy Absorption - As the body makes (initial) contact with the ground, the device absorbs and dampens the forces much like a car’s suspension system absorbs bumps in the road.
Energy Translation & Suspension - As the body moves through the gait cycle, kinetic energy is captured and loads the device. The device also minimizes energy transferred to the body, further reducing the effects of wear and tear.
Energy Return - As the heel raises during the push-off phase of gait, the device returns the stored energy to provide propulsive (toe-off) assist.