A custom orthotic is a device designed to align the foot and ankle into the most anatomically efficient position. They look like insoles, but are biomechanical medical appliances that are custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance. The body of the custom orthotic helps to re-align the foot by redirecting and reducing certain motion that takes place during the gait cycle.
Custom orthotics are prescribed to patients for a variety of symptoms. Many medical conditions often stem from a biomechanical gait abnormality that can be treated with custom orthotics.
Some common conditions related to poor foot biomechanics are: Achilles Tendonitis, Iliotibial Band Syndrome, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Plantar Fasciitis, Runner's Knee, Sacroiliac Syndrome, Shin Splints, and Low Back Pain
You can help your health care practitioner by discussing any nagging foot, leg, or back problems, and even by simply asking if your feet could be part of the problem in a routine visit. If you are not currently receiving chiropractic care, you can schedule an initial visit for a foot scan and gait examination. You can also check your health insurance benefits to see if you have orthotic coverage available.
For the most part any shoe that has a removable insole will work with your custom orthotic. Just remove the insole that came with the shoe and replace it with the custom orthotic. Additionally Atlas Orthotic lab provides the largest selection of footwear available to patients with over 300 Brands and 5000+ shoes in inventory. Their online inventory of footwear can be found at: http://www.atlasfootweardirect.com/