What are custom made orthotics?
Orthotics are devices worn to correct a physical problem, restore proper function or relieve pain. The most common reason people use orthotics is for flat feet, heel pain, persistent ankle sprains, bunions, corns, or calluses. Most of these problems result from a misalignment of the bones and muscles. Orthotics "brace" the feet, controlling them so our feet hit the ground at the proper angle. In our office, we utilize the TOM-CAT state-of-the-art digital scanner. The image is then sent to our lab via the internet where a custom-fit device is fabricated. Based on the doctor's prescription, orthotics are designed to eliminate pressure points and muscle strain. They allow you to resume normal activities in total comfort.
Custom made orthotics vs over the counter orthotics
There are approximately over 7 billion people on this earth, each born with their own individual body shape, functionality, and overall needs. Over the counter orthotics are made with the average persons foot in mind. They are mass produced specifically to target problem areas such as high or low arches, heel pain, and ball of foot pain. The overall shape and conture of the orthotics may only resolve minor issues and will not alleviate pain due to the lower extremities. In the long run, studies have found that over the counter orthotics have become more problematic for users. Custom made orthotics are custom made for each individual in order to satisfy their underlying problem areas. They focus on correcting biomechanical faults which can be accompanied by muskuloskeletal problems and further complaints. By choosing the right orthotic according to your disfunctionality, you will be able to feel immense improvements with all of your symptoms as your body will become more asymmetric. It is very important to visit Dr. Marilyn Henderson if there are any biomechanical problems occurring in result of poor footwear.
Custom Foot Braces
Bracing can be used to treat sports injuries as well as pathology of the foot and ankle. A fiberglass cast is utilized to obtain a custom fit. Clinical indication for bracing include: tendonitis, ankle instability, arthritis and drop foot secondary to a stroke. The pediatric patient can also be fitted for custom brace for neuromuscular conditions such as central palsy or muscular dystrophy. We also make a special brace just for soccer players. Braces can also be recommended for the elderly to prevent falls where poor balance is an issue.We offer three types of custom foot braces for our patients. Each brace serves its own purpose to the patient in order to ensure an effective solution for each individuals complaint. Listed below are the custom foot braces we offer at Dr. Marilyn Henderson along with helpful tips on whether or not you are eligible for a custom brace. Richie Brace - Designed with you in mind by Dr. Doug Richie, the Richie Brace caters to patients with mild to moderate PTTD and Chronic Ankle Instability. This brace is perfect for patients who want more flexibility in their ankle joints while wearing the device in their shoes. With an anatomic ankle axis hinge found on both sides, this brace will allow you to bend and move freely without injury. Patients who purchase the Richie Brace never have to increase their shoe size and almost always forget they're even wearing it! Arizona Brace - As an alternative to surgery, many patients prefer the Arizona Brace due to its innovative design to help alleviate pain throughout the foot and ankle. The Arizona Brace caters to patients with PTTD, ankle arthritis, drop foot, chronic ankle sprains, and for patients who need extra support in the ankles and feet. Patients are able to comfortably wear the Arizona Brace inside their shoes in order to be effective.
Moore Balance Brace - The first Fall Prevention AFO developed by a physician was created for patients who are at Fall Risk. The Moore Balance Brace can also be used for patients who have difficulty walking, chronic ankle instability, ankle/foot arthritis, drop foot and Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy. This brace has a light weight design and is easy to wear in a variety of shoes. Patients must understand that it should not be worn as a slipper or without shoes as it may lead to injury.
Do Your Kids’ Feet Hurt?
As a parent, we try to keep track of all the activities that our kids participate in: soccer, lacrosse, baseball, or volleyball. When children complain of foot pain, most pediatricians say “they'll grow out of it.” Most of the time, this is simply not true. Biomechanical imbalances can cause instability of the leg and foot. This in turn causes in-toeing as well as out-toing. Parents may notice the ankle rolling in or perhaps flat feet. All of these conditions are exacerbated when children participate in athletics. Heel pain, arch pain and knee pain are the result. At Henderson Podiatry, we offer affordable pre-fabricated as well as custom orthotics specifically designed for children. These devices help promote proper alignment & balance and relieve excess motion and muscle fatigue. The ideal time to have your child’s gait examined is age 4. By this time, the foot should be in a “rectus” or straight line and the ankle should sit on top of the heel bone when viewed from the back. If there is a mal-alignment, there is the possibility of a flatfoot deformity. One of the most common complaints in kids is shin splints. These occur during prolonged running such as during a soccer game. The Ritchie Soccer brace is a custom ankle brace that incorporates a shin guard. It includes a custom balanced foot orthotic. It is molded to the foot using a fiberglass cast and will fit comfortably in a soccer cleat. Depending on the diagnosis, most insurance will cover the brace.
Please feel free to call our office (717) 291-0391 to schedule an appointment for your orthotics and braces today!