Custom Orthotics & Braces
What are Orthotics?
Custom-made orthotics are medical shoe inserts that support and gently reposition the heel, arch, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones in the feet. Orthotics enable the structures in the foot to work together as nature intended, making each step pain-free.
Unlike over-the-counter shoe inserts, custom-made orthotics are created from non-weight bearing molds of your feet. These devices are designed to meet your specific needs. These devices are typically made with comfortable materials that are very durable, and they can be designed to fit in any type of shoe.
- Purpose of Custom Orthotics
- Custom-made orthotics have been shown to help alleviate and relieve pain caused by the following common foot conditions:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Arch pain
- Diabetes-related pain
- Hammer toe
- Corns & calluses
In addition to relieving pain and reducing inflammation, custom orthotics help control alignment and function of the foot. This helps treat and prevent injuries caused by sharp or excessive movement during physical activity. Custom orthotics also help to make activities like running and walking more efficient by improving the structure of the foot.
How do Custom Orthotics Work?
The root cause of most foot problems can be attributed to poor foot structure. Even the smallest misalignment in the foot can cause significant pain or discomfort. Misalignment in the foot usually causes foot conditions like bunions, corns, hammer toe, etc. If you suffer from these conditions, custom-made orthotics are recommended to pad and protect the foot.
Orthotics function to not only support the arch, but also realign the structures of the foot. By doing so, custom orthotics improve the structure of the foot and help prevent bone misalignment, as well as tendon and ligament fatigue. As your foot strikes the ground, orthotics within the shoe gently direct the structure into the correct position so as to reduce pain and stop inflammation.
We are proudly using the latest 3D scanning technology to generate digital models of our patients’ foot and ankle. Doing so not only ensures our patients receive the very best fitting custom orthotics, but it also expedites the fabrication and delivery process of your prescription foot orthotic.
What are Braces?
Leg braces such as Arizona AFO (Ankle-Foot Orthosis) and SafeTStep are essential tools in managing various foot and ankle disorders. These braces provide support, stability, and alignment, helping to alleviate pain and promote proper function.
The Arizona AFO is a custom-molded brace designed to treat various conditions like posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, foot drop, and arthritis. By stabilizing the foot and ankle, it allows for more comfortable walking and daily activities. Its design typically includes leather and other materials that contour to the shape of the foot, ensuring a comfortable and secure fit.
SafeTStep, on the other hand, offers various foot care solutions, including braces and specially designed shoes. Their products cater to different needs, from support to comfort, and are often used to aid those with specific conditions like diabetes or those in need of extra foot protection.
At Batavia Foot Care Center, our podiatric experts understand the importance of finding the right brace for your individual needs. With a detailed evaluation, we can recommend the appropriate brace, whether it’s the Arizona AFO or a SafeTStep product, to address your particular condition and lifestyle. These braces can be a crucial part of a comprehensive treatment plan, providing support and stability to enhance mobility and quality of life. Our team is here to guide you through the fitting process, using the latest in 3D technology from Earthwalk, and ensure that you have the tools you need for ongoing foot and ankle health.