WHAT ARE ORTHOTICS?
Some people call them “arch supports” but they really aren’t; they’re much more. Prescription orthotics are custom-made forms which correct your individual foot problems. They are made of high-impact materials, such as polypropylene or graphite, and designed to fit into most lower heeled tie shoes. They can fit into some higher heeled or slip-on shoes.
Another way to think of orthotics is they are very similar to glasses. People wear glasses to correct vision problems, reduce eye strain and headaches. Orthotics reduce abnormal forces that are causing pain, fatigue, and misalignment.
The most important feature of orthotics is they are made specifically for your feet and your particular problem. They are not made for anyone else or another problem.
Most people who begin to wear them feel much more comfortable and forget they are in their shoes.
HOW DO THEY WORK?
As your foot rests on the orthotics it is gently held in a corrected position for walking, running, and standing. With a pair of orthotics, pressure points, improper rotation of the foot, and painful muscle strain can be eliminated because your foot is functioning properly.
HOW ARE THEY MADE?
Orthotics, like glasses, need to be made by prescription. The process takes about 20 minutes, and a cast is made of your foot held in a corrected position. Next the cast is sent with a prescription to a lab and returns to our office in approximately 2-3 weeks.
Unfortunately, not all insurance carriers cover orthotics, please check with your individual policy to see if it is a covered benefit.
DIABETIC SHOE PROGRAM
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