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Custom Orthotics Specialist

Michigan Foot & Ankle Institute, PC

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Clinton Township, MI

Having the right footwear and orthotics can prevent foot and ankle problems or help you heal quickly after an injury. At Michigan Foot & Ankle Institute, PC, with two locations in Clinton Township, Michigan, board-certified podiatrists Edmund Kowalchick, DPM, and Stacey Miller, DPM, offer custom orthotics to get you back on your feet comfortably. Schedule an appointment by phone or book online today.

Custom Orthotics Q & A

What are custom orthotics?

Custom orthotics are devices that support your feet and enhance comfort. Michigan Foot & Ankle Institute, PC, offers prescription orthotics designed around the precise size and shape of your feet. They match feet contours perfectly, accommodating your unique foot pathology and structure.

Orthotics correct irregular walking patterns. They allow you to run, walk, and stand comfortably and efficiently.

Why might I need custom orthotics?

Your podiatrist might recommend you wear custom orthotics if you experience:

  • Diabetic foot problems
  • Flat feet
  • Bunions
  • Calluses
  • Foot deformities
  • Foot or ankle injuries
  • Arthritis 
  • Foot, ankle, or heel pain
  • Gout
  • Hammertoe
  • Sports injuries
  • Neuromas
  • Shin splints
  • Tendinitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bursitis

Your Michigan Foot & Ankle Institute, PC, specialist personalizes foot and ankle treatments to give you the best outcome. Custom orthotics are a non-surgical solution for many types of foot problems.

What are the different types of custom orthotics?

Orthotics come in many sizes, materials, and shapes. They can protect your feet, alter foot function, or both. The three main types of custom orthotics available at Michigan Foot & Ankle Institute, PC, include:

Rigid orthotics

Rigid orthotics improve foot function. You can use them while wearing walking or dress shoes. These orthotics are a firm material, such as carbon fiber or plastic. Rigid orthotics control motion in two main foot joints to eliminate aches, pains, and strains throughout your lower extremities and lower back.

Soft orthotics

Soft orthotics absorb shock, improve balance, and reduce pressure on sore spots. These orthotics consist of soft, cushioned materials. Your provider might recommend them to treat diabetic, deformed, or arthritic feet.

Semi-rigid orthotics

Semi-rigid orthotics improve balance while playing sports and walking. These devices consist of soft materials reinforced with rigid materials. Semi-rigid orthotics can reduce pain in athletes during training. They also help children suffering from flat feet or toe disorders.

What are the benefits of custom orthotics?

Custom orthotics mold to each of your feet and fit comfortably. They can reduce pain and your risk of developing serious foot and ankle complications in the future. Custom orthotics are made of quality material, lasting many years with proper care. Insurance coverage often helps pay for them. 

What should I expect during my podiatry appointment?

When you arrive at Michigan Foot & Ankle Institute, PC, for your appointment, a specialist reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms, and examines your feet, ankles, and legs. They assess your overall health and wellness, including lower extremity biomechanics.

Your podiatrist examines your feet and gait while you walk. They might recommend you undergo X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, ultrasounds, or other imaging procedures as needed. 

If you’re a good candidate for orthotics, your specialist captures three-dimensional images of your feet and takes measurements. Doing so allows them to order custom orthotics that perfectly match the shape of your feet. When they are ready, your podiatrist ensures the orthotics fit properly.

Don’t live with foot problems that negatively affect your gait, comfort, and mobility. Schedule an appointment with Michigan Foot & Ankle Institute, PC, by phone or book online to determine if custom orthotics are right for you.