Orthotics can be part of a comprehensive treatment plan to address various symptoms, usually having to do with pain and discomfort of the feet and legs. Some of the goals a doctor may have for orthotic treatment include:
- correcting foot deformities
- helping the foot or ankle function better
- providing support to the ankle
- reducing the risks for further injuries
Orthotics are more than just a heel pad or shoe insert you can buy at your local shoe store. They’re highly customized inserts made for your feet.
At Fyzical Bellingham, we will ask you to walk and perform other activities to determine how the feet and ankles are positioned during certain exercises. We will likely mark your foot in a subtalar neutral before watching how that foot interacts with ground contact. From this assessment we will cast your foot in plaster, then creating a patient unique positive mold. From this mold we can then create the orthotic with differing materials to best suit the patient’s specific needs.