Custom Orthotics Specialist

West Suburban Podiatry

Podiatric Physicians and Surgeons located in Western Springs, IL

Custom orthotics are a vital recovery component when dealing with foot and ankle problems such as sports injuries, heel pain, flat feet, and hammertoe. The experienced specialists at West Suburban Podiatry use your exact foot measurements to plan custom orthotics that get you back on track to excellent foot health and function. Call the Western Springs, Illinois office, or schedule an appointment online today.

Custom Orthotics Q & A

What are custom orthotics?

Custom orthotics are individually-crafted corrective devices for foot and ankle problems. Your orthotics slide into your shoes to help with issues such as:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Flat feet 
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis
  • Morton's neuroma
  • Foot ulcers
  • Sports injuries

A unique form of custom orthotic called an ankle foot orthosis (AFO) helps control lower limb instability. Podiatrists may prescribe AFOs for adult-acquired flatfoot, foot drop, posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, and other conditions.

How do custom orthotics help with my foot or ankle problem?

There are two primary purposes of custom orthotics – cushion and correction. 

Accommodative orthotics

Accommodative orthotics are typically a soft and pliable memory foam. This kind of orthotic can absorb shock and ease the pressure off sore spots or healing wounds. 

You might use accommodative orthotics if you have diabetic foot wounds, painful hardened calluses, or other uncomfortable foot issues.

Functional orthotics 

Functional orthotics improve the way you move. When your foot pain happens because of abnormal motion, a functional orthotic can redirect that movement and relieve your pain. 

Functional orthotics are typically hard materials like graphite. You might wear this type of orthotic if you have issues like tendinitis or other sports injuries. 

West Suburban Podiatry uses only the best materials for both functional and accommodative orthotics. Generally, accommodative orthotics require more frequent replacement since the softer materials degrade over time. 

The size and shape of orthotics vary quite a bit depending on the condition it treats. An orthotic for plantar fasciitis covers the heel and arch, but an orthotic for a neuroma may protect just the forefoot.

How do orthotics feel in my shoe?

Every custom orthotic is different, but since your custom orthotics are tailor-made for your foot and shoe, they're typically very comfortable. Soon, you won't even notice that you're wearing them. 

Your orthotics can significantly improve support within the shoe. However, they can't make up for flimsy materials, so it's important to wear only high-quality shoes with your custom orthotics. Most custom orthotics fit just one pair of shoes; others may be swappable.

Custom orthotics can help you put your best foot forward. To learn more about custom orthotics, call West Suburban Podiatry or schedule an appointment online today.