Orthotics Q & A
What are Orthotics?
Custom foot orthotics are inserts that go inside your shoes to correct abnormalities and relieve the pressure that’s causing painful foot conditions. Sacramento Foot and Ankle Center has advanced 3D scanning technology and traditional orthotic casting available for designing orthotics that exactly match your feet and provide optimal correctional control.
Traditionally, custom orthotics are made using plaster casts of your feet or by 3D scanning. Your podiatrist will decide what method is best for your unique case and offer extreme care in creating an image or cast to create a great fitting orthotic.
What Conditions Can Orthotics Treat?
Orthotics are an invaluable aid in treating many foot problems, including:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Heel spurs
- High arches
Orthotics can also play a role in reducing some causes of back pain, as well as improving sports performance and helping to prevent injuries.
How are Custom Orthotics Made?
Orthotics are made in two different ways. Your podiatrist at Sacramento Foot and Ankle Center may use state-of-the-art digital laser scanning to create a three-dimensional image of your feet or will choose a more traditional method of casting with plaster.
For 3D, they place your bare feet in position so the scanner can pick up every contour of your feet. The scanner produces an image formed from the laser light bouncing back off your feet to create a representation of your foot. The 3D model is an accurate replica of your foot, including dimensions and exact contours.
For traditional casting, plaster wraps are placed on your feet as the Podiatrist holds your feet in correct placement. The plaster dries and then the cast is removed. The cast is sent out to the orthotic lab to have your unique orthotic set created.
You can have as many pairs of orthotics as you like, but many people find it works best to have two pairs. This way, you will have a pair for casual footwear and a pair for formal wear.
How Long Will My Orthotics Last?
The length of time your orthotics are likely to last depends on your lifestyle and the type of orthotic you get. On average, custom orthotics last for between two and four years.
You might find the covers of your orthotics get worn more quickly than that, but if so, you can have the orthotics recovered. As long as the inside structure is sound, it’s safe to replace the covers.
You should have your custom orthotics checked every year at Sacramento Foot and Ankle Center to make sure they’re still working and in good condition.
To find out more about custom orthotics, call Sacramento Foot and Ankle Center today or use the online form to book an appointment.