Front Range Foot and Ankle Clinic
Daniel Mallett, DPM
Podiatrist & Wound Care Specialist located in Parker, CO
Custom orthotics can reduce pressure on your feet, correct alignment, provide cushioning, and more, all with a device you slide in your shoes. At Front Range Foot and Ankle Clinic, experienced podiatrist Daniel Mallett, DPM, creates custom orthotics that fit your foot contours perfectly. Call the Parker, Colorado, office or click the online appointment maker.
What are custom orthotics?
Custom orthotics are prescription shoe inserts that Dr. Mallett designs for your foot contours. Depending on your specific medical needs, orthotics can serve any of the following purposes.
- Realigning your foot to correct abnormal movement
- Stabilizing your foot when it's weak
- Cushioning sore areas of your foot
- Supporting your foot
- Reducing pressure and redistributing body weight
In general, orthotics are either functional, which means they correct abnormal motion, or accommodative, which means they ease discomfort.
Why would I need custom orthotics?
Custom orthotics are an important facet of treatment for many conditions, including:
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Achilles tendinitis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Heel spurs
- Morton's neuroma
- Flat feet
In addition, orthotics are also an effective preventive tool. Athletes and other active individuals use orthotics to help them maintain ideal foot movement, weight distribution, and stability. This, in turn, can help prevent injuries such as ankle sprains and Achilles tendinitis.
In some cases, orthotics can sufficiently alleviate your discomfort or pain so you can delay or avoid surgery.
How are orthotics made?
First, Dr. Mallett performs an exam, observes your movement, and captures a mold of your foot. He creates a custom orthotics prescription based on your foot measurements and condition.
Dr. Mallett then sends your prescription to a custom orthotics lab, where they create your new orthotics using medical-grade materials. This process can take a few weeks. When your new orthotics arrive, Dr. Mallett checks the fit. He can make adjustments to perfect the fit, as well.
How long will it take to adjust to my new custom orthotics?
Your orthotics might feel a little stiff at first, but your feet quickly grow accustomed to the new additions in your shoes. Your orthotics should make you more comfortable, not less so.
How long do orthotics last?
Custom orthotics can last for a long time — often several years or more if you take good care of them. If you notice significant wear-and-tear or your symptoms return, talk to Dr. Mallett to find out whether you need new orthotics.
Front Range Foot and Ankle Clinic is proud to offer the best in custom orthotic inserts. Call the office or click the online booking tool for an appointment.