Custom Made Orthotics in Birmingham & Alabaster
Custom Orthotics in Birmingham & Alabaster
Because we take our feet for granted and they are highly complex, opportunities for foot problems abound. We suffer bunions and twisted or broken ankles, sports injuries, accidents, and arthritis.
Not only this—diabetes affects our feet, as does the type of arch (neutral, high, or low) that is natural to our particular foot. Like most things we don't pay enough attention to, our feet are just as susceptible to harm. They're not just objects that get us from one place to another.
This is where foot orthotics come to the rescue!
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What are Custom Orthotic?
A custom foot orthotic is prescribed by podiatrists, sports medicine doctors, and other types of foot specialists, and then custom made to address your individual condition involving the foot, leg, and possibly back (some back pain can be caused by foot and leg issues).
Orthotic insoles are mostly custom molded and designed to fit inside your shoes, either the entire length of your foot or supporting just the heel. That way, it helps adjust the way the foot is positioned, and gently forces it to position properly so that pain is eliminated and movement is restored. Think of it like dental braces for your feet.
Orthotic inserts are commonly used in regular footwear, but in some more extreme cases, full shoes or orthotic boots may be required to correct a condition. The key to the application of orthotics in treating disorders of the feet, legs, and back is analyzing the source of the problem and designing the custom foot orthotic to address it. No two feet, not even your two, are identical. To ensure the best correction of the problem, the orthotic used must be exact for a custom fit.
Are Custom Orthotics Necessary?
You need custom-made orthotics because a shoe insert bought over the counter may give a buffer, but it will not make the adjustment you need. Custom orthotics are the specialty of podiatrists like Birmingham's Dr. David Linde of Foot Specialists of Birmingham. Dr. Linde is trained to diagnose what issues have led to you needing a custom orthotic and finding the correct one, custom-formulated to treat your condition.
Examples of foot conditions that can be treated with orthotics
What conditions will a Birmingham, AL podiatrist call for custom orthotics? Conditions can include:
What is the difference between orthotics and prosthetics?
An orthotic is formed from a material (durable plastic or carbon fiber or soft cloth or rubber) applied externally to a foot or other body part with the intention of modifying structural and/or functional conditions, such as a bunion, flat feet, or arthritis. Essentially, it treats existing deformities and pain.
A prosthetic is a replacement for a body part (a tooth or a limb, for example) that is missing entirely. It's a mechanical device made to replace a natural body part that's missing.
Orthotics is an important part of a treatment plan that is used to correct a structural (neuromuscular or skeletal) problem, one that almost always causes pain and often issues with flexibility. A custom orthotic is created based on the particular condition and symptoms shown by a patient.
How are custom orthotics made?
Dr. Linde will make a thorough exam of your feet, bone structure, do a 3D scan and then design a custom orthotics especially for your condition. From there the insoles are made with top notch technology and when they are ready, the inserts will be fitted on your foot.
Are Custom Orthotics Covered By Insurance?
Depending on your insurance plan, you may be able to receive a discount on your orthotics. Before you commit to getting custom orthotics made, check with your insurer to find out what coverage you have for podiatry and orthotic services, what your out-of-pocket expenses are, and what the maximum rebate will be.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Dr. Linde, do you offer non-custom orthotics?
A: True orthotics are custom-made, geared to the specific wearer and the exact condition. Many people try common shoe inserts to correct self-diagnosed problems, but a true custom orthotic will be the only solution capable of achieving truly effective results.
Q: What’s the difference between custom and regular orthotics?
A: Custom insoles are made specifically for your feet and condition. They are the best solution for your foot problem. Standard inserts can have good support, but might not work for you. Still, they are a cheaper solution and you can try over-the-counter orthotics first before going to the custom option.
Q: Do the custom orthotics wear out like regular ones?
A: Unfortunately, yes. But they can last for a lot of time. It all depends on how much you wear them and the activity you used them for.