Custom orthotics are medical devices prescribed by a foot and ankle surgeon. These are different from over-the-counter shoe inserts and arch supports. Custom orthotics are insoles for your shoes that are specific to your foot shape and function. They can be used to accommodate or offload a prominent area. This can be helpful for bursitis, calluses beneath bony prominences, and ulcers. They can also help the foot function better in the case of hypermobility seen in tendonitis, plantar fasciitis and other mechanically derived conditions. They can help support and align the foot and lower extremities as well. In this way, they can help with ankle, knee, hip, and even back pain. At Foot and Ankle Center of the Rockies, we use state-of-the-art three-dimensional digital scanning to create the most precise custom device for your needs.
Orthotics can alleviate many foot and ankle conditions. In other cases, they may help delay the need for surgery if it is not desired at a specific time, or if a child must wait until skeletal maturity before proceeding with surgery. Many athletes, both recreational and professional, rely on their custom orthotics to avoid foot pain and improve function.