Custom Made Orthotics Specialist

Caring Podiatry

Podiatrists & Board Certified Podiatric Physicians located in Monroe Township, NJ & Neptune, NJ

If you have gait problems or any condition that causes foot pain, custom-made orthotics could be the most effective way to get the support and correction you need. At Caring Podiatry's two locations in Neptune and Monroe Township, New Jersey, a team of skilled podiatric physicians uses a highly advanced computer program to design the orthotics that ideally fit your needs. Call the office nearest you, or just click the online scheduler for an appointment now.

Custom Made Orthotics Q & A

When should I get custom-made orthotics?

There are many reasons that you could need custom-made orthotics, including:

  • Heel pain
  • Foot pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Heel spurs
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Flat-foot

Custom-made orthotics are often one of the first treatments prescribed for common foot problems because they're a conservative, completely noninvasive treatment that’s clinically proven to decrease foot pain and improve foot function.

What kind of orthotics do I need?

There are two general categories for custom-made prescription orthotics: functional and accommodative.

Functional orthotics

Functional orthotics correct abnormal movement. If you have a gait problem, a mechanical problem with the way your foot moves when you walk, your Caring Podiatry provider may prescribe custom orthotics to correct foot movement gently, but precisely. 

Functional orthotics are also a great solution for alignment issues. For example, if a bunion forces your foot out of alignment and causes issues when you walk, custom-made orthotics can increase your comfort, while correcting the alignment. 

Functional orthotics are usually either rigid or semi-rigid and are typically composed of hard plastic, graphite, or a combination of hard and soft materials. 

Accommodative orthotics

In some cases, orthotics are more about comfort and protection than anything else. This kind of orthotics is called accommodative orthotics. For example, if you have a diabetic foot ulcer, an accommodative orthotic relieves pressure from the sore as it heals, cushioning the skin around the ulcer. Accommodative orthotics are made of a soft, flexible material that absorbs shock well. 

There are also orthotics that combine hard and soft materials. Caring Podiatry team carefully considers your situation to determine which type of orthotic will suit you best. 

How does an exam for custom-made orthotics work?

Your Caring Podiatry provider examines your feet and ankles and assesses your whole-body wellness to check for possible underlying causes of foot problems. You’ll walk around and make specific movements at your podiatrist’s direction, so they can evaluate your foot mechanics and gait. 

Then, your podiatrist uses advanced imaging to capture 3D images of your feet and ankles. The measurements from these images are then used to create your custom-made orthotics. When your orthotics are ready, your Caring Podiatry provider checks the fit and function to make sure they’re perfect.

Orthotics provide support, improved alignment, increased mobility, improved comfort, and optimal performance for your feet. Get your custom-made orthotics by calling the closest Caring Podiatry location or clicking the online scheduler now.