Orthotics: A Custom-Made Solution to Your Foot Pain


When you hear the word “orthotics” in advertisements or in discussions with your foot doctor, you may think of those shoe inserts that can be found in many pharmacies, discount stores and even grocery stores. But there is a world of difference between those ready-made inserts and custom-fitted orthotics that are specifically constructed to fit only your feet.

The word “orthotic” comes from the Greek and means to straighten or align. Orthotics are shoe inserts that are designed to comfort and support your feet and relieve fatigue. Because they are custom-made, they only fit your feet and are designed to treat your particular condition. Over-the-counter inserts may temporarily relieve pain, but cannot address any biomechanical problems or chronic foot issues.

As an added bonus, orthotics can improve your sports or workout routines. They help to stabilize your joints and can minimize soft tissue vibrations.

Orthotics Can Address Many Foot Conditions

Orthotics can either be functional – to tackle foot and ankle motion problems like faulty biomechanics, or accommodative – to relieve pain with extra cushioning and support.

As part of podiatric care and treatment, they can relieve the discomfort of:

  • Achilles tendonitis

  • Arthritis

  • Ball of foot pain

  • Bunions

  • Corns and calluses

  • Degenerative diseases

  • Flat feet

  • Foot pain

  • Heel pain

  • High arches

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Sports and other injuries

  • Toe deformities such as hammertoe and claw toe

When treating children’s foot deformities, custom-fitted orthotics can help address those who “in-toe” when they walk or who have flat feet.

Custom-Made Orthotics: For Your Feet Only

To create orthotics that will address your specific situation, we will first examine your feet carefully and watch your gait as you walk. At our office, we will analyze your feet so that the orthotics will be a perfect match.

Unlike store-bought shoe inserts, custom-fitted orthotics are crafted from top-quality materials like leather, rubber, plastic and other synthetics. They are more durable than store products and, with proper care, will last for years.

In addition to relieving foot pain, many patients will enjoy reduced hip, knee or back pain too.

Ask Us about the Many Benefits That Custom-Made Orthotics Can Offer

The foot specialists at PodiatryCare, PC and the Heel Pain Center have extensive experience in treating all aspects of foot problems. Our team of doctors which consists of Dr. Robert Marra, Dr. Thomas Johnson, Dr. Kristen Winters, Dr. Laura Vander Poel, and Dr. Ryan Donegan is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. Many treatments and surgeries can be handled right in our offices. Please call us at (860) 741-3041 to make an appointment in one of our offices conveniently located in Enfield, Windsor and South Windsor, CT