What is a Custom Orthotic?
A custom orthotic is a medical device that brings the foot and ankle back into its proper position. This helps to correct foot pain, aids in stabilization, promotes increase performance and reduces stress on the body. Research has shown that those who suffer from back, hip, and knee issues can also benefit from custom orthotics.
Why Custom Orthotics?
Unlike store-bought inserts, custom orthotics are made specifically for you. This is done by making a cast of your feet that is used to create your custom orthotic. Your feet are as unique as your fingerprints and orthotics should reflect your individual foot and health needs.
Do I Need To See A Podiatrist To Get Orthotics?
Because custom orthotics are made specifically for you, your podiatrist needs to conduct a full foot exam to determine if, and why, you need them. By determining your needs first, it ensures you receive orthotics that will address your specific medical needs.
Does Insurance Cover Custom Orthotics?
Your insurance may cover a portion, if not all, of custom orthotics once your deductible has been met. If you are unsure whether your insurance covers orthotics, please call your insurance provider to understand your benefits. You will need to ask specifically about Durable Medical Equipment (DME) coverage.
Store Bought vs Custom
Generic, off-the-shelf orthotics, can actually worsen your symptoms because they address only general conditions, are not made specifically for you; therefore they do not address the biomechanical issues that cause improper alignment. Generic orthotics are designed and marketed for the mass population; however and when it comes to your health, custom is always a better option.
Can Custom Orthotics Help Athletic Performance?
Athletes need extra stability and comfort that one can’t get from athletic shoes alone. Slight imbalances in the foot that are not harmful or even detectable under usual circumstances, may make the competitive athlete more prone to sustaining an injury. By addressing the need for your muscles to compensate for unforeseen imbalances while playing, custom orthotics can help reduce fatigue and promote efficient muscle function that can enhance performance.
Meet Our Pedorthist: Rick Puckett, CPED COF
At Triad Foot & Ankle Center, we have a board-certified pedorthist who is trained in the fabrication and modifications of custom orthotics for our patients. Rick Puckett is highly trained in lower extremity biomechanics and pathologies, and specializes in diabetic foot ulcer prevention, lower extremity bracing, and customized sports orthotics that enable the competitive athlete to perform to their fullest potential.
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