In the course of chiropractic treatment, it is occasionally necessary for you to have help keeping your body in its proper alignment. Perhaps your arches are flat, or your feet deformed. You might have a gait that is off balance or abnormal in other ways. If you notice that you’re the soles of your shoes wear out unevenly, you might be a candidate.

If Dr. Hart determines that you have an abnormal walking gait, she will probably recommend a custom-made medical device known as an orthotic. These are devices that you place in your shoes in order to provide support and relieve discomfort. They can also protect you against your feet becoming deformed.

What you can expect from a fitting for custom orthotics

When your doctor determines that you would benefit from orthotics, you will be assessed towards the fitting. Dr. Hart will observe how you walk and will ask questions about pain in certain situations.

Next, you will step into a mold that will be taken of the shape of our foot. This is how the orthotic is customized for your needs is through this mold. Once the mold is finished, it will be sent to a specialist who makes the custom orthotics.

Once you receive your custom-made orthotics, you will be shown how they will fit in your shoes. you should notice a decrease of stress in your knees, hips, back, and neck.

What conditions can be treated with custom orthotics?

Orthotics can be effective in the treatment of the following conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Traumatic injury to the feet or ankles
  • Bunions
  • High Arches
  • Flat Feet
  • Bone Spurs in the heel
  • Hammer Toes
  • Bursitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis

What are the benefits of custom orthotics?

Orthotics can benefit your overall health in the following ways:

  • Aligns and supports the spine
  • Manages minor deformities
  • Reduces foot and leg pain
  • Reduces the shock from high-impact exercise
  • Improves posture

Recovery Stories

Frequently asked questions

Absolutely. If your doctor recommends orthotics, then you will feel better from using them. The benefits will not be apparent overnight, but they will be noticeable once you become accustomed to them.

It can take three to four weeks for your orthotic to be ready for you.

Yes, they are but don’t try to adjust them yourself. Your doctor should be the one to handle any necessary adjustments to your orthotics. They will be adjusted throughout your need for them to adjust to any improvements you are experiencing and to get you to where you need to be.

Orthotics may be either for your whole foot, or they may be just for your heel. There are also some conditions that call for them to be whole foot with additional support that extends up your ankle. Orthotics can either be hard plastic or they can be flexible. It all depends on what you are being treated for as to what kind of orthotic you will ultimately get.

You will feel some discomfort at first which you get used to them. This discomfort should be limited to just aches and pains. If you notice that they rub wrong, give you blisters, or leave an open sore, they will need to be adjusted and you should call your doctor immediately.

While you should not need special shoes for your orthotics, some shoes are better than others. For example, you won’t be able to wear flip flops or sandals with your orthotics. High heels are also not the most friendly for orthotics. The best shoes to wear with your orthotics are those considered orthotic-friendly. Running shoes are always a good match for orthotics.

It is always a good idea to get new shoes when you get your orthotics as your old shoes might be worn down in a manner that will make the orthotics ineffective.