Our feet have carried us thousands, even millions of miles as we walk, run, dance, or exercise during our lifetimes. Just a slight turn inward or outward when walking can cause foot, leg, and back pain. To help correct your stride and ease your foot pain, podiatrists may prescribe foot orthotics--special insoles that fit inside your shoes. Dr. Steven P. Royall, DPM, with Mountain View Foot Clinic, LLC, in Lehi and Murray, Utah, has helped patients get back on their feet again with specially designed orthotics. Call Mountain View Foot Clinic, LLC or book online for fast foot pain relief.
Orthotics are prescription insoles that fit inside your shoes to correct the way you put pressure on your feet when you walk, stand, or run. Podiatrists often prescribe orthotics as a biomechanical treatment in sports medicine and in general, for calluses, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, arthritis, and diabetes--they help your feet feel better when standing or walking for long periods. Dr. Royall also uses orthotics in sports medicine, for heel pain and callus treatments. Orthotics are manufactured in a lab and are custom-made to correct your specific biomechanical foot condition.
Insoles, or inserts that you can purchase in a store, also fit inside your shoes, but unlike orthotics, they don’t correct improper foot mechanics that are causing your foot pain. Usually made out of gel or foam, they add an extra soft cushion inside your shoes.
Being fitted with orthotics includes a doctor’s evaluation of your foot mechanics and a prescription medical device. Insurance usually covers part of the cost of podiatrist appointments, but you should check your insurance to determine if it helps cover the cost of orthotics. You may be able to change insurance plans if your current plan doesn’t cover orthotics.
Dr. Royall takes X-rays of your feet and conducts an examination. He’ll analyze the X-rays and observe your walk, noticing how you put pressure on your feet, how your feet move forward, and the movement of your ankles, legs, and hips.
If Dr. Royall determines that you need orthotics, he’ll then make a custom mold of both feet. The mold goes to a local lab, where the orthotics are manufactured.
Functional orthotics are made of plastic or carbon fiber and are somewhat hard. They fit inside your walking, running, or dress shoes. Orthotics are routinely used in sports medicine to help athletes maintain healthy foot mechanics. You’ll notice you have much more foot support when you wear them. They minimize pain in your feet, legs, and back that results from improper foot mechanics.
Accommodative orthotics are softer, creating more cushioning than regular insoles. These orthotics help with plantar fasciitis or diabetic ulcers. You’ll likely wear them with prescription shoes.
If you love winter sports, special orthotics for ski boots and ice skates can be manufactured.