Custom Orthotics

Are you struggling with chronic foot pain every day? Or what about discomfort that spikes when you participate in certain activities you enjoy?

Quite often, chronic foot pain—and even deformities like bunions or hammertoes—are at least partially the result of feet and ankles that are out of alignment. But the good news is that, in most cases, the right pair of orthotics can provide your feet with the support, cushioning, and repositioning necessary to counteract the effect.

We prescribe orthotics to patients almost every day. They are among the best tools we have at our disposal to help you manage foot pain successfully over the long term, including heel pain, arch pain, tendinitis, sports injuries, and more. In many cases, the right set of custom orthotics can even help you relieve knee, hip, and lower back pain, too!

How Orthotics Address the Sources of Foot and Ankle Pain 

Because feet are the foundation of your body, even minor misalignments between the foot and the leg (often related to high or low arches) can lead to chronic soreness and pain—not just in the feet, but further up the body, too. And because each pair of feet is unique, the “default” insoles that are already in your shoes may not be providing your feet with the specific kind of support they need to function best.

Custom orthotics are designed not just to add cushioning and support, but to put your foot and leg back into proper alignment while you stand and walk. With improved biomechanics, your entire lower body can operate more efficiently, reducing painful stress on muscles and joints.

One way to think of orthotics is like glasses or contacts for your feet. Just like different pairs of corrective eyewear can be used to treat a variety of different eye conditions (nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, etc.), the right pair of orthotics will be prescribed to address the specific needs of your feet.

Custom Orthotics vs. Prefabricated Arch Supports

In addition to custom orthotics, we also distribute high quality prefabricated arch supports for patients with more mild-to-moderate symptoms. The closer your foot shape is to “standard,” the more likely a mass-produced insert will provide you with satisfactory results—provided they are correctly positioned within your shoes.

That said, custom orthotics can simply do more because they are built to fit your feet exactly. This is done by creating an impression of your feet while in a “neutral” position, then sending it (along with any additional instructions) to a laboratory to have your orthotics specially made. For certain conditions or more severe pain, custom orthotics may be required to achieve permanent, lasting relief.

Custom orthotics also have additional advantages over prefabs. Although they can cost a little more up front, custom orthotics are made from high quality materials and tend to be much more durable (in many cases lasting 2-5 years, or sometimes longer). They can also often be adjusted in order to keep them at peak performance.

That said, whether your situation calls for prefabricated supports or custom orthotics, the important thing is that you see us first. Even if we recommend premade orthotics, it’s still very important that you get the correct pair—and the best way to do that is to consult an expert. Choosing arch supports from the rack at the pharmacy will usually just be a waste of money.

Support Your Feet!

Orthotics are a great long-term solution for many kinds of painful foot problems. They’re versatile, durable, and non-invasive. They often address the root causes of pain rather than just help you moderate symptoms.

The important thing to remember, though, is that foot pain is never normal. If it’s keeping you from living your life to the fullest, give Northeast Foot and Ankle a call. We’ll help you determine an effective path forward, minus your foot and ankle pain! You can reach us at (603) 431-6070, or use the contact form below.