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Custom Orthotics

Custom Orthotics

Custom Orthotics services offered in Southfield, MI

Custom orthotics are unique to your foot structure. At Michfoot Surgeons in Southfield, Michigan, Randy Leff, DPM, and the other skilled podiatric care providers prescribe orthotics for foot deformities, foot function issues, and foot pain. Custom orthotics are easy to wear and feel like a natural part of your shoes. To learn how orthotics can help with your foot issues, call the office or book your consultation via the online scheduler today.

What are custom orthotics?

Custom orthotics are devices that you insert in your shoe. A custom orthotic is a prescription device made for your unique foot structure. 

Based on what kind of effects you need, custom orthotics can change weight distribution, ease pressure, and align your foot so you can stand, walk, and run more comfortably and efficiently. 

There are three main types of orthotics.

Rigid orthotics

Rigid orthotics change foot function, making your movements more efficient. They’re normally hard materials like plastic, hence the name. Rigid orthotics direct movement in the two major foot joints just under your ankle — they’re effective in relieving aches and pains in the feet, legs, and lower back. 

Soft orthotics

Soft orthotics are usually a soft material that moves with your foot. They cushion your foot, improve balance, and relieve pressure in painful areas like healing foot wounds.

Semi-rigid orthotics

Semi-rigid orthotics have characteristics of both rigid and soft orthotics. Soft and rigid materials alternate, which can ease pain effectively while also improving foot function.  

Michfoot Surgeons customizes any type of orthotic to your needs. Most orthotics fill the bottom of the shoe (from heel to toes), but others only fit under the ball of your foot or other specific pain points on your foot.  

When might I need custom orthotics? 

Custom orthotics treat foot problems such as: 

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoe
  • Diabetic foot wounds
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Flat feet 
  • Pes cavus (high arches)
  • Arthritis (rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and gout) 
  • Bursitis

Custom orthotics can also support optimal foot movement in athletes who want to perform at their very best. And, custom orthotics can help prevent injuries. 

Can you buy custom orthotics over-the-counter?

You can’t buy custom orthotics over the counter; they’re only available through medical providers. Michfoot Surgeons takes measurements of your feet and creates a custom orthotic blueprint. An orthotics lab then creates your new orthotics based on that plan.

How long do custom orthotics last?

Custom orthotics are high-quality medical devices with a long lifespan. In general, most orthotics last a year or even a few years with regular wear. When you visit Michfoot Surgeons, bring your orthotics with you to check on their wear and determine whether it’s time to replace them.

If you’re interested in custom orthotics, find out how they can work for you by calling Michfoot Surgeons or clicking on the online scheduling link today.