Our philosophy is simple: your feet are your foundation for healthy movement. Feet act as shock absorbers when you walk and help lessen the forces transferred to your knees, hips and back. Imbalances and instability in your feet can lead to a variety of pain from your heel all the way through your hip and and spine. Orthotics, also known as insoles, can help you correct mechanical errors in the foot and ankle and restore full function to your feet.
How do orthotics work?
Around 70% of Americans suffer from overpronation. Overpronation refers to when the foot rolls inward causing too much pressure on the inside structures of the ankle and inside knee. Orthotics not only raise and support your arches, they also help to realign your feet and ankles.
Why custom orthotics vs. traditional off-the-shelf orthotics?
Most orthotics are made by simply having an individual step on a foam core with their feet in an uncorrected position. Custom orthotics manually support the medial longitudinal arch and plaster is used to cast the foot while the foot is in the subtalar neutral position (i.e. the position in which the foot should be while striking the ground when walking). Due to the casting procedure used, the orthotic better balances and supports your foundation. Additionally, you can use your custom orthotics with any shoe – saving you extra expenses of purchasing multiple traditional orthotics.
Why work with a physical therapist for orthotics?
As biomechanical experts, your Therapydia physical therapist will do a full biomechanical evaluation of your body to incorporate data on how you walk, run, and stand along with taking detailed foot and ankle measurements. The data collected from your evaluation will determine the mechanical issues that need to be addressed and which is the best orthotic for symptom relief.
Additionally, by incorporating a program of foot strengthening, you can transition from ‘needing’ orthotics to ‘benefitting’ from orthotics.
Will my insurance pay for orthotics?
Insurance coverage varies from plan to plan. We can help verify your benefits to determine if your plan may cover a portion of your custom foot orthotics.
Schedule a Custom Orthotics Assessment with a physical therapist today!