Custom made orthotics can be used to treat many types of foot and ankle problems, including painful conditions that limit mobility. At Katonah Podiatry in Katonah, NY, Dr. Hoffman uses biomechanical analysis to design and fabricate orthotics based on each patient’s unique needs for superior function and optimal results.

Custom Orthotics Q&A

Custom Orthotics Q & A

by Pamela Hoffman, DPM

What are custom-made orthotics?

Orthotics are shoe inserts designed to treat an array of conditions, including corns, calluses, bunions, nerve pain, flat feet, high arches and more. Custom made orthotics are designed specifically for each person’s foot shape and medical issues using special technology for a superior fit and results. Custom made orthotics are also designed to be durable and long-lasting, using leather or synthetics for optimal support.

Can I buy orthotics in a drug store?

Off-the-shelf orthotic products sold in drug stores and other stores are designed to address very general issues without consideration for an individual’s foot shape or unique medical needs. As a result, they are largely ineffective in providing long-term relief and are not designed to address many complex issues involving the structure of the foot. In some cases, mass-produced shoe inserts may actually exacerbate existing problems or delay treatment for serious issues. At Katonah Podiatry, Dr. Hoffman uses special techniques to perform a biomechanical analysis of the patient’s feet, including their shape and the pressures exerted on different areas of the foot as he or she walks and moves. The data from that analysis can be used to create comfortable inserts designed specifically for the patient’s needs.

What types of issues can custom orthotics treat?

Custom orthotics can be designed to treat an array of issues, including:

  • plantar fasciitis
  • shin splints
  • hammer toes
  • tendonitis
  • heel pain
  • neuropathies and neuromas
  • bunions, calluses, and corns
  • shin splints
  • problems with gait (the way you walk)

Custom orthotics can also be used to help promote proper healing following surgery.

Does medical insurance pay for the cost of custom-made orthotics?

That depends on the individual’s insurance plan options. Patients should contact their plan administrator to learn if there is coverage or ask the staff at Katonah Podiatry to check for you. Medicare Part B covers the cost of orthotics under certain conditions. The experts at Katonah Podiatry can help each patient determine if his or her insurance plan provides coverage for customized orthotics.