A custom orthotic is a device designed to align the foot and ankle into the most anatomically efficient position. They look like insoles, but are biomechanical medical appliances that are custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance. Custom orthotics work on your feet much like glasses work on your eyes – they reduce stress and strain on your body by bringing your feet back into proper alignment. The plastic body of the custom orthotic helps to re-align the foot by redirecting and reducing certain motion that takes place during the gait cycle. Custom orthotics fit into your shoes as comfortably as an insole – and they have the advantage of having been made from precise imprints of your feet.
Who needs a Custom Orthotic?
Those who are suffering from foot pain as a result of a foot misalignment, such as those who are “flat-footed”. Imbalances in the foot may also affect other joints up the kinetic chain and may also cause knee, hip and back pain. Your practitioner will assess your gait pattern and perform a complete biomechanical evaluation, to determine if custom made orthotics is right for you.
Do I need a physician referral for orthotics?
You do not require a physician’s note for the purpose of having your foot assessed and having a custom orthotic made for you. However, many insurance companies require a physician’s note stating that the orthotics is medically necessary before they will issue reimbursement. Please check your health care benefits plan.