Orthotics are custom made inserts for shoes that are designed to align the foot and ankle into the most anatomically efficient position. This helps to correct foot and ankle imbalance but also helps prevent stress and strain on all other joints of the body. Since the feet are the first point of contact to the ground as we are walking and running, having optimal function in our feet will reduce the stress that impacts the knees, hips and spine due to the kinetic chain reaction.
How It’s Done
After the history, bimechanical assessment and gait analysis are performed, an impression is made of the patient’s foot in the ideal subtalar neutral position, when they are in a non-weight bearing state. The foam imprint is then sent to the lab, where specialists use the cast to mold custom orthotics. 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. This ensures that your feet are functioning in the mechanically perfect position.
Dr. Pam uses The Orthotic Group lab for prescription orthotics for her patients.
Common conditions which benefit from orthotics:
If you answered YES to any of these questions, you are likely a candidate for custom made orthotics. Orthotics can help prevent, improve and manage symptoms as well as decrease the progression of common problems, like those listed above.