Orthotics (Arch Supports)

Orthoses, or orthotic devices, are shoe inserts custom-fabricated from a mold of the foot that are intended to adjust an abnormal, or irregular walking pattern. Orthoses are not solely shoe inserts - they are rigid or soft devices that alter the angles at which the foot strikes a walking or running surface.

Orthotics can successfully address many foot problems by improving foot function and minimizing stress that could ultimately cause foot deformity and pain.

While orthotics will not cure foot abnormalities in adults, they act to stabilize problem areas and if foot surgery is necessary, may provide the control needed to maintain the correction. In young children, orthotics have been found to be more beneficial in correcting structural and gait problems.

Those suffering from the following conditions may be helped by orthotics:

  • bunions
  • flat feet
  • foot pain
  • calluses
  • in- or out-toeing (pigeon toes or duck feet)
  • joint problems
  • limb length differences
  • diabetes
  • circulation problems
  • arthritis