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Custom Molded Orthotics

Custom molded orthotics are biomechanical appliances that are inserted in your shoes to stabilize a lower extremity imbalance or address an orthopedic condition. They are crafted for you and only you. While they are commonly prescribed for foot and ankle pain or problems, they are also frequently recommended to treat a wide range of other orthopedic issues including painful conditions of the spine, hips and legs.

Properly made orthotics are custom molded and designed by a doctor to the support requirements of your feet with the goal of gently helping to support and maintain the normal balance and alignment of your body. By neutralizing even a mild deformity in the lower extremities, pain can be alleviated in areas ranging from the feet all the way up to the spine.

Why are custom orthotics much better than the cheaper standard mass production inserts that you can buy at the drug store? Well, it's like comparing prescription eye glasses made for you by a professional optometrist to glasses you can buy at any supermarket - there’s just no comparison! A shoe insert that you buy off the shelf at a store is NOT customized and simply cannot address the wide range of problems that can be treated by an orthotic that is designed by a doctor who has evaluated your specific problem.

Custom orthotics can be designed to address specific orthopedic conditions including:

  • Hip, Back Pain

  • Localized foot pain or arthritis

  • Arch/Heel Pain

  • Knee/Leg Pain

  • Bunions, Hammer Toes

  • Flat Feet/Over-Pronation

  • General foot or leg fatigue

  • Loss of foot padding with age

It's an investment worth every penny you put into it!


How Does Diabetes Affect Feet?

Diabetes is a disease process that affects multiple organ systems throughout the human body.

  • It makes the immune system less effective, making diabetics more prone to infection.

  • It clogs large and small arteries, making blood flow less efficient, thus making it difficult for diabetics to heal wounds and other injuries.

  • It damages nerves, causing numbness in the feet and possibly the hands. Diabetics therefore frequently don't notice injuries to their feet until they become serious and more dangerous.

  • It makes the skin dry and more fragile, making the feet of diabetics more easily injured.​

In summary, diabetes, particularly when it is poorly controlled, makes diabetics much more prone to foot problems like wounds and infections that can be very difficult to treat, particularly if they are not caught early.

Podiatrists are trained to help diabetics prevent these problems, and also to treat them when they do occur.

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