Custom orthotics are specially designed shoe inserts that are tailored to a patient’s foot shape and specific needs. Examples of people who could benefit from custom orthotics include those with high arches, flat feet, and highly active lifestyles that make them prone to foot pain and injuries.
Mass–produced shoe inserts may be of use to a few people, but they typically fall short when it comes to addressing podiatric issues. For one thing, they cannot account for the unique characteristics of your feet. Custom orthotics are customized to your feet and are considered a form of treatment for foot and ankle problems. When something is customized, it is made according to your specifications. That means it is more likely to perfectly address your issues.
Let’s talk more about the benefits of custom orthotics.
Custom orthotics are designed to fit your foot shape and size and provide much better cushioning, alignment, and support than generic shoe inserts. A custom-made orthotic does a great job of distributing weight evenly across the foot, which is the cause of many lower limb issues.
Higher Quality Materials
The last thing you should expect from mass-produced shoe inserts is high-quality materials. Custom orthotics are customized down to the materials used to construct them. The best type of material for you depends on your specific needs. For instance, more rigid materials are better for flat feet, while softer, semi-rigid, flexible materials are better for high arches. This type of attention to detail in materials is only available through custom orthotics.
More Durable and Long-Lasting
Custom orthotics are made with higher quality materials that make them last longer than cheap, store- or pharmacy-bought shoe inserts. They often withstand wear-and-tear better, since the weight is evenly distributed, preventing pressure points. In some cases, custom orthotics can be adjusted over time, and some parts can be replaced to ensure continued perfect fit and high performance.
Helps Prevent Orthopedic Pain
Orthopedic pain and injuries can arise from pressure points, poor alignment, and a lack of adequate shock absorption and support. Custom orthotics provided by a podiatrist are considered a treatment for a variety of foot and ankle issues, including foot abnormalities. Not only that, but they can also help prevent injuries, since you are in proper alignment and they create a stable foundation for different activities.
Better Quality of Life
Whether your occupation requires that you be on your feet most of the time, or if you have a physically active lifestyle that involves many exercises and sports, custom orthotics can restore your freedom and confidence in participating in life fully. Overall, there are many benefits to your physical and mental health.
Custom Orthotics in San Antonio, Boerne, Floresville, Hondo, Kenedy, and Live Oak, TX
The board-certified foot and ankle surgeons at The Podiatry Group of South Texas can fit you for custom orthotics. We make the process easy and comfortable by using a computerized analysis, eliminating the need for uncomfortable casting methods.
Our podiatrists can determine the right type of orthotic that will be most beneficial for you. We are happy to address any and all podiatry issues you may have. Custom orthotics are just one of the many highly advanced treatments we offer our patients.