Today I’m offering tips on how to evaluate if you are a candidate for custom orthotics. Also, I will dive into the process of constructing these orthotics from start to finish based on your personal needs.

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Video Transcription (please excuse grammatical errors and the conversational nature of the transcription):

Hey, guys, Ben with Carter PT here again. I’ve had some recent questions in the clinic about orthotics, and often, the question that I get is, “How do I know if I’m actually appropriate for orthotics?”

There’s a tendency out there just to put anything under someone’s foot if they have any foot pain, but the reality is that some people aren’t even appropriate for orthotics. So, how can you tell if you need orthotics or not?

The first I’d like to start with is to make sure to rule out other parts of the body. So the first thing we wanna look at is the hip. So we always wanna screen the hip. Sometimes, your foot pain could be coming from the fact that you just don’t have enough hip strength.

If we’ve decided that the hip is not the problem, we work our way down to the knee. If the knee is not causing these problems, then we’ll work it down to the foot. Sometimes, the foot just needs a little support, and an over-the-counter orthotic can be perfectly fine.

But if that fails, often, you’ll wanna look at a custom orthotic. We have a lot of patients that come in here and ask questions about Superfeet or Sole, and are they providing enough support? If you’ve worn Superfeet or Sole before and you just feel like you’re not getting the support that you need, you might be a good candidate for custom orthotics.

That’s where we come in. When we design an orthotic, we put it exactly to the measurement of your feet. We spend an hour in each session, measuring, putting wedges underneath you, and really talking with you on each individual shoe that you wear to make sure that the orthotic is going to perfectly.

We also spend an hour fitting you in the orthotic itself. Not all orthotics are created equal and not all shoes are created equal. And the idea is that we wanna make sure that the orthotic and the shoe pair well together. If you have a great orthotic and not a good shoe, then it really won’t feel well, and vice versa.

So when we pair up the shoe with the orthotic, we’re making sure that the fit is just right and that it’s comfortable. It’s kind like trying on a pair of glasses. Once you get the right prescription, you immediately know that it just feels right.

Over-the-counter orthotics provide some arch support, but they’re typically often not structured enough and they’re too soft and don’t really support the foot where it needs to be supported.

So if you have any questions or more, feel free to contact us and go online at CarterPT.com/orthotics. Thanks.

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