Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists
Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Bradenton, FL & Sarasota, University Park, FL, & Ellenton, FL
Your feet have unique shapes that don’t always get the support they need from store-bought shoes. Custom-molded orthotics support your feet and correct alignment problems that cause you pain and discomfort that can lead to foot deformities. Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists can evaluate your feet to determine if you’d benefit from these custom shoe inserts. Call the offices in Bradenton, University Park, or Ellenton, Florida, today or request your visit online.
Custom Molded Orthotics Q & A
What are custom-molded orthotics?
Orthotics are shoe inserts that support your feet and help them align in a healthy way. Orthotics can relieve pain, provide support, and correct structural problems.
To have your custom-molded orthotics made, you’ll need to see your provider at Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists.
Your specialist will examine your feet and gait. Your gait is the way you walk — how far apart each step is and how your feet hit the ground as you walk. They then make impressions of your feet and send them along with your gait information to a lab.
The lab makes your custom-molded orthotics and sends them back to Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists. Using their experience and knowledge, they will fit your customized inserts to make sure they will effectively meet your needs.
Over-the-counter inserts are available at your local drugstore and sporting goods outlet. But they aren’t custom-fitted to your feet and therefore can’t treat your specific foot problems.
How do custom-molded orthotics help my body?
Your feet are made up of muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones. If these structures aren’t lined up properly, they can cause problems with the way you walk. This will lead to pain that can travel up to your knees and hips and into your back.
The custom-molded orthotics designed at Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists provide superior arch support. This is helpful if you have unusually high arches or flat feet. They can also realign your feet to better balance your body.
You’ll certainly benefit from orthotics if you stand or walk a lot during the day. Because they cushion impact, people who run also benefit from them. Custom-molded orthotics cushion and support your feet. They correct misalignments and prevent problems like Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis.
Orthotics also help you distribute your body weight more evenly. This reduces foot stress to ease discomfort and improve the way you walk and run.
What conditions can be helped with custom-molded orthotics?
Custom-molded orthotics can help with many foot conditions, including:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Arch pain
- Flat feet
- Achilles tendinitis
- Diabetic foot problems
- Differences in leg length
Custom-molded orthotics might be all you need to fix your condition. They can also be included in a comprehensive treatment plan that includes physical therapy, injections, and laser treatments. All of these are considered conservative treatments that can help you avoid surgery.
Call Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists today to find out how custom-molded orthotics can help you. You can also request an appointment online.
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