PRESCRIPTION FUNCTIONAL ORTHOTICS
Orthotics are prescription, customized molded inserts that physically correct the biomechanics of the foot while wearing shoe gear. Prescription functional orthotics are designed to assist in the correction of biomechanical problems that affect the feet, ankles, knees, hips, and even the back as we walk, run or perform daily activities. They support the foot and to aid in restoring the proper alignment of the joints and bones within the foot. Many foot problems can be directly attributed to collapsed or fallen arches or other biomechanical faults such as pronation (rolling in and collapsing of the arches when walking) and supination (rolling outward of the ankles and raising of the arch). These problems are usually genetic in origin and most patients do not realize there is a problem until various symptoms begin to appear. Often, pain in associated other areas such as the knees, hips or back is caused from improper foot biomechanics.
ORTHOTICS – IS THERE A DIFFERENCE?
Orthotics supplied by OC Advanced Foot Care generally differ greatly from orthotics sold by other sources, especially over-the-counter. Orthotics supplied from others are usually accommodative and not functional in nature.
Accommodative orthotics may provide some cushioning and shock absorption, but generally they will not correct the biomechanical dysfunction. Although accommodative orthotics may be cheaper and quicker to produce, only prescription functional orthotics are manufactured and designed to correct biomechanical problems that often are the cause of pain. Prescription orthotics are also manufactured to withstand up to four times the body’s weight since this is often equivalent to the force exerted through the feet when we walk or run.
Many insurance plans cover the cost of orthotics. The amount of coverage varies from policy to policy. Cash options are also available.
After a patient receives orthotics, it generally takes approximately 2-3 weeks until the body “readjusts” to the correct position.
Because a patient’s body (knees, hips, spine, muscular system, etc.) has “adapted” to the ground in a certain way, the body needs to be readjusted slowly to the corrected position. It is important to wear them as often as possible since like eye-glasses, they only work when you use them. Continuous use of your orthotics helps to control or eliminate foot pain and assist in keeping your body in the correct position.
Orthotics from OC Advanced Foot Care will assist in improving or correcting the biomechanic dysfunction that a patient is experiencing. Orthotics are not guaranteed to alleviate 100% of the pain you may be experiencing. Depending on the problem you are experiencing, you can expect varied degrees of pain relief. If a patient is experiencing plantar fasciitis, capsulitis, calcaneal apophysitis or other associated problems, patients will experience a resolution of their painful symptoms approximately 80% of the time. Problems such as neuromas, bunions and other conditions will often respond favorably to orthotics, but may also require surgical intervention in order to completely resolve the problem. However, before any surgical intervention, Doctors at The Foot Institute recommend addressing the biomechanical fault which first caused the problem. By first addressing the biomechanical dysfunction (i.e. through orthotics) patients are less likely to see a recurrence of the original problem after completion of their surgery.
Certain shoe types that do not comfortably accommodate your orthotics. Women generally experience this difficulty more than men given the difference in shoe gear between men and women (e.g. high heels, flats). Some foot deformities require specialized shoes to accommodate these foot types. OC Advanced Foot Care will work with you to measure and order extra depth or width shoes.
DID YOU KNOW?
Foot Problems are often inherited and may worsen if left untreated.