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Orthotics

The Importance of

ORTHOTICS

Techniques That Work

Foot orthoses (also known as “orthotics”) are custom foot supports. They are designed to fit your feet more efficiently than over-the-counter (OTC) arch supports and balance the biomechanical inadequacies of your feet and legs. I feel most people should try OTC arch supports first. However, while they will match some peoples’ arches, others may find the support too high or low, or too far back or forward.

Why Orthotics?

Custom-made prescription orthotics are used to treat lower back pain, neck stiffness, toe cramping, leg fatigue, arch pain, heel pain, callouses, hip pain, corns, and much more. As with any architectural structure, if the foundation is not stable then the structure above can suffer. Imbalances of the bones of the feet can result in abnormal foot motion that causes foot pain, injuries, and deformities. It also results in excessive internal rotation of the leg that can cause knee pain, hip pain, low back pain, shoulder and neck pain, and headaches.

What is an Orthotic?

An Orthotic is an in-the-shoe device made from Conformables impression of the foot and is form fitted to the individual foot. Feet are like fingerprints. There are no two alike. Orthotics come as a pair in order to balance the feet and body even if one side doesn’t have symptoms. They are worn comfortably in most kinds of shoes. Their purpose is to prevent abnormal motion while allowing normal motion of the feet. Orthotics relieve the pain of bunions, corns, heel pain, callouses, arch pain, tired & aching feet, and protect the feet from developing many foot problems. An Orthotic is designed to control the mechanics of the foot to a precise degree: from the heel contact phase of walking/running through mid-stance and toe-off phases. Orthotics are to feet what eyeglasses are to eyes.

Aren’t Orthotic devices just expensive arch supports?

ABSOLUTELY NOT!

Arch supports are designed to push up against the arch while standing. It is for use in static stance and not for walking. Arch support will not control the biomechanics of foot function at all. Everyone’s feet are quite different and because these differences are so varied, a precise prescription for each patient is required. Buying arch supports or erroneously described junk “orthotics” over-the-counter is similar to buying eyeglasses off the shelf. An exact understanding of the problem is required in order to obtain superb results. Many major medical plans cover some of the cost of prescription orthotics.

How Are Orthotics Fabricated?

Our doctors perform a gait analysis to study the way your feet function. Joint range-of-motion studies are measured in order to determine the degree of foot imbalance present. Following measurements, the prescription is calculated. Each foot impression is captured for the corrected position. After about 23 laborious steps, your new orthotics are created that will correctly reposition your feet, knees, hips, pelvis, and take pressure off your back.

ABSOLUTELY NOT!

Arch supports are designed to push up against the arch while standing. It is for use in static stance and not for walking. Arch support will not control the biomechanics of foot function at all. Everyone’s feet are quite different and because these differences are so varied, a precise prescription for each patient is required. Buying arch supports or erroneously described junk “orthotics” over-the-counter is similar to buying eyeglasses off the shelf. An exact understanding of the problem is required in order to obtain superb results. Many major medical plans cover some of the cost of prescription orthotics.

What Are The Benefits of Wearing Orthotics?

Aside from avoiding surgery for many conditions and relieving foot pain, orthotics are non-invasive, they do not hurt, are safe, and are very cost effective compared to the treatment alternatives. You also get the benefit of postural correction and the relief of postural pain. Postural pain is the pain that occurs in the knees, hips, lower back, between the shoulders, neck pain, and even posterior headaches. (in the absence of local pathology).

Will My HMO Cover Orthotics?

UNFORTUNATELY NOT!

HMO, providers do not feel that orthotics is an actual care process and will not cover Orthotics for the time being.  You never know in the near future, feel free to contact your insurance provider for more details.

What is the Cost for Orthotics?

Orthotics Start at:

$299.00

That’s less then having a tooth crowned. Two or more pairs are half price after the initial pair.

Mus I Pay For My Orthotics All At Once?

Yes

but we also offer several types of financial arrangements.

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