The Foot Care Group
Board Certified Podiatrist located in North Suburbs, Libertyville, IL & Western Suburbs, Hinsdale, IL
Custom orthotics are prescription shoe inserts that significantly reduce foot pain and correct common imbalances. At The Foot Care Group in Hinsdale, Libertyville, and the Streeterville community of Chicago, Illinois, Steven Sharlin, DPM, uses advanced technology to create personalized molds for custom orthotics. Investing in the latest technology ensures that your orthotics form to the contours of your feet. To learn more, call The Foot Care Group or schedule an appointment online today.
Custom Orthotics Q & A
What are custom orthotics?
Custom orthotics are specially made shoe inserts that support and cushion your feet. Dr. Sharlin designs these inserts specifically for you. They address and correct imbalances in your heels, arches, and toes, as well as the muscles, ligaments, and bones that support them.
While you can buy over-the-counter (OTC) shoe inserts at your local pharmacy, they aren’t custom-made for your feet. The Foot Care Group uses 3D scans to design inserts that specifically meet your needs for maximum comfort and support.
What are the benefits of custom orthotics?
The greatest advantage of custom orthotics is that they can treat your specific condition or injury. It’s in your best interest to consider custom orthotics to:
- Enhance ankle support
- Correct foot deformities
- Repair imbalances
- Promote mobility
- Relieve pain
- Reduce inflammation
- Improve foot and ankle function
Custom orthotics are as thick, flexible, or wide as you need to keep your feet and ankles healthy and supported.
Which conditions can custom orthotics treat?
Nearly anyone with foot pain can benefit from custom orthotics. They can help reduce swelling and relieve pain if you have:
- Corns and calluses
- Plantar fasciitis
- Heel pain
- High arches
- Flat feet
- Ankle instability
- Diabetic foot wounds
By improving the overall structure and function of your feet and ankles, custom orthotics can make walking, running, and playing sports more comfortable and efficient.
How are custom orthotics made?
Before creating your custom orthotics, Dr. Sharlin performs a full physical exam of your feet and ankles. This exam allows him to check your foot mechanics and gait to detect signs of abnormalities. He may also order imaging tests, such as an X-ray, to see the underlying structures of your feet.
The next step in creating custom orthotics is taking 3D scans of your foot. These scans show Dr. Sharlin exactly where your deficiencies are and where you need extra support. Finally, he uses these scans to develop your new orthotics.
Once your orthotics are ready, Dr. Sharlin shows you how to wear them in your shoes. If any adjustments are needed, he can address these issues using your digital scans.
To find out if custom orthotics are right for you, call The Foot Care Group or schedule an appointment online today.