Custom Orthotics
January 25, 2013
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Custom orthotics is an ounce of prevention worth a pound of cure. Custom orthotics is different than over-the-counter orthotics or inserts because it is made from impressions created by your feet, and prescribed by a podiatrist or medical professional. It is designed to correct the alignment and function of your feet and lower extremity when worn in your work, casual dress, athletic, or high-heeled shoes. Orthotics may be particularly helpful for children who are still growing. Wearing orthotics every day will help reduce the pain and cramping in a child’s knees, feet or legs. Using orthotics early, especially for a child that has metatarsus adducts, may help reduce the need for braces or corrective surgery. If a child has Saver’s disease, wearing an orthotic will help reduce heel pain and prevent limping. Although Saver’s disease usually heals quickly, it may reoccur if long-term measures are not taken to protect the heel during a child's growing years.

There is a wide range of custom orthotics. These include orthotics designed to accommodate such things as: men’s dress shoes or women’s flats; high-heels or open-backed shoes; high-performance orthotics for running and all-purpose sports activities; heel spur orthotics for patients suffering from heel pain; maxi shock orthotics that provide plantar arch reinforcement for impact absorption; orthotics that fit particularly small heels; orthotics designed for progressive foot disorders of geriatric patients; entry level custom devices suitable for managed care patients; and Medicare approved inserts for diabetic patients.

The Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois takes pride in providing the highest level of podiatric care in central Illinois.  Dr. Sigle is able to evaluate your foot type, specific skeletal or muscular problem, style of shoe gear, and provide you with quality custom orthotics that is best for you. If you are interested in obtaining custom orthotics, contact Dr. Sigle at (217)787-2700 for a consultation. Remember, orthotics is an ounce of prevention worth a pound of cure.