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Many of our patients are unaware of the role of the feet and how they can affect the entire body. Although custom orthotics in Orange County can benefit patients who are dealing with foot pain, some patients seek out orthotics for issues such as diabetes. A properly fitted set of custom orthotics will help to relieve pain and will also help to improve circulation that contributes to foot pain.

How you stand is directly influenced by your feet, and your stance can affect your back and hips. It’s because of this that custom orthotics can help to relieve hip and back pain. Custom orthotics fix the problems at their base and help to correct positions in the rest of the body. Additionally, custom orthotics have also been used to help reduce the pain of patients who suffer from

arthritis.

What makes custom orthotics different from over the counter shoe inserts?

Custom Orthotics in Orange County by Mission Viejo Foot and Ankle Surgeon (1)Many patients wonder why they need to seek out the more expensive and often time-intensive option of custom orthotics rather than buying over the counter shoe inserts. The simple answer is that an insert is not the same as an orthotic. An insert provides only mild arch support and cushioning to help reduce foot pain.

Those who choose custom orthotics in Orange County realize that they need more than mild arch support and cushioning for many conditions and types of pain. Custom orthotics are a prescription from your foot doctor, and these specialized devices take into account that every foot is different and has a unique pathology. An over the counter shoe insert cannot correct biomechanical problems with the foot like custom orthotics can.

Are there different types of custom orthotics?

There are three main types of custom orthotics. These types are typically what your doctor will look at when determining the type of custom orthotics in Orange County that you require based on your needs. One type adjusts foot function, the other protects the foot, and the third type is a combination of foot protection with function control:

  • Rigid Orthotics: Rigid orthotics are often used for sneakers or dress shoes. They control the motion of the two major joints in the foot to alleviate pain.
  • Soft Orthotics: Soft orthotics are protective. They work by taking pressure off of sore spots. They also offer shock absorption.
  • Semi-Rigid Orthotics: Semi-rigid orthotics are often used by athletes. They help to neutralize pain for purposes of training.

How do I know if I need custom orthotics?

Custom Orthotics in Orange County by Mission Viejo Foot and Ankle Surgeon (2)If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain, it can be for any number of reasons. You may have overdone it while jogging, or have circulation issues. However, if your pain is minimal, it can be difficult to know when it is the best time to go to the doctor and get your situation evaluated.

We recommend that you visit our office for any type of foot pain that you are experiencing. In most cases, we can find the best treatment for you more effectively if you come in early. If you have experienced a sports injury, it is even more important to come in so that we can make sure you haven’t seriously injured yourself in a way that is going to worsen. You should also schedule an appointment with our office if you notice a deformity in your foot or toes. If you have noticed that your arches are flattened or too high, we can help make sure that your foot is in good condition and help to reduce any associated pain.

There are many different options for foot and ankle treatments, including surgery. Custom orthotics in Orange County are a type of conservative treatment. Once we evaluate your medical history and condition, we can recommend custom orthotics if they will help your situation.

What is the process for custom orthotics?

Making an appointment with our office is the first step in receiving custom orthotics. Once we look at all contributing factors and your overall health to determine if outside elements are contributing to your pain, we will examine how your feet move and shift while you walk. The next step involves a cast being made of your foot. There are a few ways to do this, but the process essentially involves creating the most accurate mold possible so that the orthotic fits perfectly. Custom orthotics in Orange County are made in our technologically state-of-the-art laboratory, so you can be sure that your orthotics are being made with materials that are long lasting.

Call our office today to find out how we can help you get started with custom orthotics and a conservative method of relieving pain.