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Family Foot Care & Surgery, LLC

Custom Orthotics

Creating  A Stronger Base

A very famous tower in Pisa, Italy, has leaned to one side since its earliest construction. No matter what the builders did to it, it continued to tilt further because its base was unstable. The foundation of the building was set in soft, unsettled ground. The weight of the construction caused one side to sink, and the tower has leaned famously ever since. While you may not end up visibly leaning, instability in your body’s base can cause its own problems, like chronic foot pain. Fortunately, conservative measures like custom orthotics can offer much-needed support.

Special Shoe Inserts

Your feet are your foundation. You need them to remain stable and strong and continue to move around without pain. Sometimes, however, they need extra support. This is where custom orthotics help. Though wear and tear or a biomechanical deficiency, you may develop injuries and discomfort in your lower limbs. An orthotic can offer cushioning or stabilization to protect them and relieve pain.

Custom orthotics are special prescription support pieces that are molded by an experienced podiatrist, like Dr. Sanjay Patel, to fit your unique feet and meet your individual needs and fit in your shoes. There are two different kinds: functional and accommodative. Functional orthotics control abnormal motion and correct conditions of the feet and ankles. Accommodative orthotics add cushioning and support for your lower limbs. Your prescription inserts are made after the doctor has had a chance to diagnose any problems in your feet and ankles so that they can be designed to fit your individual body and conditions.

These are different from the pre-made insoles you may have seen at a convenience store. Those basic inserts are built to meet support needs using average foot sizes as a guide. This allows them to offer some cushioning and stabilization, though not individualized for your feet. For that reason they are unable to correct any lower limb conditions. In some cases, however, general support may be all your feet need to be more comfortable.

Creating Your Insoles

Choosing between a custom orthotic and an over-the-counter insert largely depends on your pain and the condition of your lower limbs. The wrong pre-fabricated insole can actually add pressure and cause additional problems instead of helping you. You should have your foot and ankle pain evaluated before deciding which kind of support piece to use.

If Dr. Sanjay Patel recommends a prescription orthotic, he will take measurements of your feet and do different tests to see how to best correct your discomfort. He will also need a mold of your foot to be able to make the insert fit your individual lower limbs. Then he’ll craft the insole to correct any problems you may have. The support pieces may be made differently for specific uses as well—custom inserts for running shoes may not fit quite as well in dress shoes for the office.

If you’re struggling with pain in your feet and ankles, or have frequent overuse injuries, you may need more support. Custom orthotics are designed just for you, to help relieve your own discomfort and protect your lower limbs. You don’t have to limit your activities because of sore feet any more. Contact Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. for an appointment or more information about how inserts can help you. Fill out the online contact for or call either office location to reach us: (203) 876-7736 for the Milford office, or (203) 288-4055 for the Hamden location.

Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
Milford and Hamden CT Foot Specialist