Custom orthotics, also known as custom-made orthotic devices or orthotic insoles, are specialized footbeds or shoe inserts that are individually crafted to provide support, alignment, and comfort for a person’s feet. These orthotics are designed to address specific foot issues, improve biomechanics, and alleviate various foot-related problems, including pain and discomfort.

The process of creating custom orthotics typically involves the following steps:

  1. Assessment: A podiatrist, orthopaedic specialist, or other trained healthcare professional evaluates the patient’s feet and lower limbs to identify any biomechanical issues, abnormalities, or conditions that may require orthotic support.
  2. Gait analysis: The healthcare professional may also conduct a gait analysis to observe the patient’s walking or running pattern. This helps to understand how the feet function during movement and determine the appropriate corrections needed.
  3. Impression or scanning: To create custom orthotics, an impression of the patient’s feet is taken. Traditionally, this involved using plaster to create molds of the feet, but modern techniques often use advanced 3D scanning technology to create a digital impression.
  4. Customization: Using the impressions or digital scans, the custom orthotics are designed to address the patient’s specific foot issues and provide the necessary support and alignment.
  5. Fabrication: The custom orthotics are then fabricated using specialized materials that are durable, yet comfortable.

It’s essential to note that custom orthotics are different from over-the-counter (OTC) shoe inserts, which are more generic and not specifically tailored to an individual’s foot anatomy and needs. While OTC inserts can provide some level of comfort and support, they may not offer the same level of correction and relief as custom-made orthotics.

Custom Orthotics can be used to treat a number of conditions, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain 
  • Bunions
  • Bursitis
  • >​Diabetes
  • Flat Feet
  • Hammer Toes
  • Heel Spurs​
  • ​High Arches
  • Injuries
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Skin Conditions​
  • Sports Injuries