Custom orthotics are an important treatment used to reduce pain and inflammation for many conditions. We use a method to create your custom orthotics that yields the best results for our patients.
At Prairie Path Foot and Ankle Clinic we are able to create custom orthotics and also size and fit you with a correct shoe for your foot type. Our doctors work closely with our highly trained staff to help with all of your shoe and orthotic needs.
Orthotics are individually customized arch supports that are intended to correct an abnormal, or irregular, foot structure or walking pattern. They are worn in regular shoes to provide support and to properly realign the issues causing pain. They perform functions that make standing, walking, and running more comfortable and efficient by altering slightly the angles at which the foot strikes the ground.
Orthotics take various forms and are constructed of various materials with the ultimate goal of improving foot function and minimizing stresses that are causing pain.
The process of making a custom orthotic begins with an assessment by one of our doctors. After a through examination of both feet while standing and sitting as well as via X-ray, we determine if orthotics are medically necessary. Our staff and doctors then work together to take cast impressions of the feet, which only takes a few minutes. Our doctors then write a prescription for the patient, which is sent along with the cast impressions to our orthotic lab, where the customized orthotics are hand made.
About 3 weeks later, the custom orthotics are returned to our clinic and then dispensed to the patient. We provide instructions for break-in and check for fit during your appointment. At this time, we also schedule a follow-up appointment to make sure your investment in your health is doing all that it is supposed to do - keeping your feet comfortable and healthy!
If you aren't sure if Custom Orthotics are right for you or not, give us a call at 630-834-3668 and we can answer questions for you or make a consultation appointment!