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What are Custom Orthotics and Who Needs Them?

What is a Custom Orthotic?

A custom orthotic is a unique device for your shoe that aligns the foot and ankle into the most anatomically efficient position. They look similar to nsoles, but they are made and work differently.

Custom orthotics are fabricated from a mold of your feet. Unlike an insole, it has modifications and specifications for the heel, midsole and forefoot areas to address various foot problems.

The beauty of a custom orthotic is that it is truly a work of art – no two devices are the same! person can go to two different practitioners for custom orthotics and receive two very different devices. The advantage of the in house lab at Ace Feet is not only years of experience in choosing the right kind of orthotic for individuals, but also that we are available for service on the device throughout its life time.

Who needs custom orthotics?

People with flat feet, arthritis, bunions, neuromas, heel pain, forefoot pain, plantar fasciitis, plantar fibromas, arch pain, leg length discrepancy, and metatarsalgia will run, walk, and feel better with a custom orthotic. Not to be confused with the insoles that you can buy online or in stores, a custom orthotic is tailor made to an individual’s foot.

Anyone with foot, knee or lower back pain should call for a consult to have their gait evaluated. Common problems that can be treated with an orthotic are:

  • ​Plantar fasciitis

  • Ball of Feet Pain

  • Arch Pain

  • Heel Pain

  • Growing Pains​

  • Neuromas

  • Leg pain

  • Knee Pain

Do Orthotics Weaken The Feet?

Custom orthotics will not reduce muscles tone or weaken the feet. In many cases they actually strengthen the foot muscles. When the foot is placed in proper alignment allow under used muscles to start performing as they should (and working more than they had been previously!)

A good orthotic will encourage better foot posture and optimize muscle function. You will be using the right muscles at the right time in the gait cycle, minimizing fatigue and maximizing efficiency.

If you have questions or would like to learn more call 781-901-4896.

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