Orthotics and Arch Supports
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Orthotics and Arch Supports
If you have heel pain or plantar fasciitis, Instead of going to a “good foot store” it is better to get custom orthotics from a local Pittsburgh podiatrist who can actually evaluate the function of your foot and correctly fit your biomechanical needs for Orthotics and Arch Supports and not just have a salesperson measure your foot size.
There is a time and place for OTC “arch supports”, but a podiatrist in Pittsburgh should make that determination with all your medical information in hand.
An example may be- an uncomplicated arch tiredness in the normal foot may be able to use an over the counter arch support, but if your arch is high or low then custom made or a different style of over the counter arch support is required. Sales people would not know the difference.
“Gellin” is also rarely indicated and functional support orthotics are required instead.
Arch supports and orthotics help prevent plantar fasciitis and treat heel spur pain. Our local Pittsburgh Foot Clinics now even offer ‘flip flops’ with arch supports built into them.
Benefits of Custom Orthotics
- Tailored to your activity and foot type
- Prevents further damage to your foot from abnormal motion
- Custom made – to provide maximum comfort
- Helps alleviate heel spurs and arch pain
- Covered by many insurances
Breaking in your Orthotics
When your first start wearing your orthotics for sport, you should be aware that you must also wear them in gradually at this time too. Wearing them in gradually allows your feet to adapt to a different functioning posture, and for you skin to toughen up in areas where they may previously not have been touching anything (and are now in contact with the orthotics).
We supply arch supports and orthotics to Pittsburgh and Butler, Allegheny & Beaver Counties.
ProTech Medical Insoles
- The Powerstep ProTech medical insoles are designed with built-in arch support, heel cradle, and a perfect balance of support and comfort. These orthotic insoles help alleviate discomfort caused by foot conditions like plantar fasciitis, Morton’s neuroma, heel spurs, arch pain, and more. These medical-grade arch support insoles are available exclusively through medical professionals. ProTech products purchased from unauthorized resellers are not covered under our Total Satisfaction Guarantee.
- plush foam cushioning with clinically-proven support
Powerstep metatarsal foot pads, ball of foot cushions, and other accessories can be used in conjunction with Powerstep orthotics for enhanced support and comfort during wear. We offer adjustable heel lifts that help with leg length discrepancy, met pads that provide additional cushioning under the ball of your foot, and flexible arch supports that give your arches an extra boost. Explore our foot support accessories today!
Caring for your Orthotics
You may gently wash your orthotics with warm water and soap- heat can cause damage. Completely air dry your orthotics before reinserting into shoes so mold and mildew dont grow.
If you notice a bad foot odor or if your devices smell, you may have athletes foot or what is medically called ‘ tinea pedis’. If you have hyperhydrosis this is especially common. That means your feet perspire a lot. The moisture provides the perfect environment for the overgrowth of foot fungus. Let your podiatrist evaluate the cause and to see what can be done to treat it. Often treatment can be as simple as an antiperspirant cream after showering or an anti fungal cream before bed. That is why correct diagnosis is necessary.
What are orthotics used for? Orthotic devices in Moon Twp are frequently used to treat various conditions of the foot and ankle.
How much do custom orthotic inserts cost?
Costs range from $100 to more than $600. The $70 arch supports are a customized shell and while they are better than $50 OTC inserts, often do not control the motion as needed. The $500-600 spent at places like a good foot store make many podiatrists cry. They are off the shelf; often misfit by an improperly trained salesperson with no medical background and can do more harm than good. Anecdotally there will be successes, but this is very over priced. At our office we cast patients in plaster and make a mold of their foot and send this out to a special podiatric orthotic lab and never charge more than $300. So if you have a high deductible and want custom orthotics made by a Podiatrist, this would be your best deal.
Do insurance companies cover Orthotics and Arch Supports?
Many insurance companies do cover custom orthotics in Pittsburgh, but not OTC or off the shelf “arch supports”. Insurance companies require the provider to make a mold of the patient’s foot and create a custom made device in the lab to control certain biomechanical or congenital or acquired foot deformities.
Which Shoes and Socks with Orthotics and Arch Supports?
There’s an old saying that says your orthotics are only as good as the shoes you wear them. If you have any questions you need answered feel free to discuss the types of shoes you may want to wear your orthotics with to your podiatrist.
– Socks: If possible it is generally advised to wear socks or stocking with your orthotics (especially during the break in period). If you’re someone who likes to wear your orthotics in shoes without socks make sure you gently clean them regularly and let your podiatrist know which shoes you like to wear them in as there are many choices of top covers for your orthotics better suited to bare feet than others.
– Heel slipping when walking. Some shoe designs are too low cut at the heel to be suitable to wear orthotics with which is why you should bring your orthotics with you when you go shoe shopping. If there are shoes you already have that are slipping, its worth mentioning to your podiatrist as they may be able to thin your orthotics for fit or fit you with a pair of fashion orthotics which contain no bulk in the heel at all.
– Buying shoes for orthotics: It is important to try on new shoes with your orthotics prior to purchasing them, especially running shoes. Avoid designs that do not have a method of securing the shoe close to your foot such as a strap or a lace.
Our Orthotic Technology
Using state of the art force platforms at our Beaver Valley Foot Clinic synchronised with violet light, our podiatrist’s are able to provide an accurate custom molded orthotic for good posture, balance and gait. This information may be used to treat a diagnosis, or it may be used to make you more comfortable.
During your static and dynamic assessment using our state of the art orthotic technology, certain information can be detected that may not be possible without this technology, such as: abnormally high pressure areas on feet, compensation patterns causing shift of weight to one side, leg length discrepancy etc.
Using this measured, holistic evaluation in a visual manner enables patients to actually get a customized orthotic to best serve their own foot function, posture and walking pattern and improve how this may be contributing to their complaint.
What is Biomechanics?
Biomechanics is the study of how a living body moves. By looking at the mechanics of the body and the structures involved, we can effectively assess the cause of many injuries.
When treating chronic foot pain, the podiatrist will often assess the anatomy and function of the foot and lower limbs during gait (walking). This assessment of the shape and motion of the limb allows for an effective diagnosis of the cause of injuries and/or the development of deformities.
Specialised equipment, including mechanized treadmills with video and computerized assessment equipment are used to detect pathomechanical anomalies to ensure appropriate and effective treatment. This treatment may include specific exercises and the prescription of foot orthoses, from precise measurements of an individual’s biomechanics.