You don’t need an astrophysicist like Neil deGrasse Tyson to explain the mechanics of custom orthotics—although he’s made some hilarious comments about the physics of the latest Star Wars movie on Twitter and television news (check ABC15 from Dec. 21).
He may be the expert on outer space, but at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona we have our own specialty—your feet and how they function. We’d like to share information about types of shoe inserts and how they are designed and constructed to address your particular foot issues.
These medical devices are not for everyone, but they do help many of our patients combat the pain of foot conditions ranging from plantar fasciitis and flat feet to diabetic ulcers. We start with a thorough examination of your feet and biomechanics, and gather information about your lifestyle, type of shoes you normally wear, and your weight to aid in our design process.
Whether you need accommodative supports (addressing certain areas of your foot that need relief or protection) or functional ones (to correct faulty biomechanics), we start by making a cast or mold of your feet. Then we design and sculpt the orthoses to give support and comfort exactly where it is needed.
The orthotics are constructed in layers. The base materials vary from a range of plastics and acrylic to carbon fiber, cork, leather, and polyethylene foams. Each has its advantages in weight, malleability, and durability, and we choose the ones that best fit our medical goals and your needs.
Then padding, cushioning, and the top layer are added. Again, a wide range of materials like foam, gel, laminate, or certain fabrics are used, some containing silver or copper elements. We work with the manufacturer to find those that give the best support while ensuring your comfort and lifestyle.
This attention to detail means that a pair of custom orthotics from us gives a much better chance of actually solving your issues than grabbing a generic pair from the pharmacy.Trust the experts at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona to get to the bottom of your foot condition and provide the answers you need. You can set up an appointment at our office in Gilbert, AZ by calling (480) 981-1800, or at our Chandler location by dialing (480) 963-9000, or request one right now using this form.