FAQs About Orthotics

Wondering if custom orthotics are right for you?

Want to learn more about getting custom orthotics from our Wilmette, IL, podiatrist Dr. Gary Rogers? Here’s what you should know about orthotics and how they could benefit your feet.

What are custom orthotics? 

Orthotics are devices that you’ll place into your shoes to provide support, additional cushioning, and shock absorption for your feet when standing, walking or undergoing certain activities. You’ve probably seen orthotics at your local drugstore, but these devices aren’t custom-made to fit your feet, and their needs like the custom orthotics our Wilmette, North Shore, Skokie, Evanston, IL, team crafts will be. Each orthotic that we make is based on the shape of your feet, the issues you’re dealing with and the problems you’re looking to correct or improve.

What are the different kinds of orthotics? 

There are three main types of orthotics,

  • Soft orthotics: This type of orthotic is usually made from foam or other soft material, and its primary purpose is to reduce foot pain and correct more minor problems. Soft orthotics are often recommended for children to help with gait issues and improve walking. 
  • Semi-rigid orthotics: These are a bit more versatile as they offer all the cushioning and comfort of soft orthotics with the stability and structural support that rigid orthotics promise. This is an excellent option for athletes and those living more active lifestyles who want to prevent overuse injuries and take some of the shock off the foot when running or walking. 
  • Rigid orthotics: Your Alexandria podiatrist also recommends rigid orthotics for runners. This type of shoe insert can hold up to high-impact sports and offer the foot the support and stability to prevent injury. However, this doesn’t mean that rigid orthotics are suitable for all types of athletes. Those who play sports that require lateral movements like tennis or basketball will not tolerate rigid orthotics. It could even cause further irritation, so these types of athletes should opt for semi-rigid orthotics instead.

Who can benefit from orthotics? 

Most people can benefit from orthotics, as they help provide feet with a little extra cushioning and care. Whether you are dealing with preexisting health problems that impact your feet, you overpronate or are an active individual, you could benefit from the custom orthotics we offer at our Wilmette, IL, office. Orthotics can be used to improve,

  • Foot and ankle pain and discomfort
  • Heel pain (often caused by plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis)
  • Heel spurs
  • Diabetic feet
  • Pronating
  • Flat feet
  • Shin splints
  • Arthritis

In some cases, orthotics can also support your feet and ankles to prevent problems from the get-go, making this an ideal option for athletes and those with active lifestyles. Orthotics can also be helpful for individuals of all ages, from children and teens to seniors.

How long do custom orthotics last? 

Here at Wilmette Foot and Ankle Clinic, we pride ourselves on creating orthotics crafted from the highest-quality and most durable materials possible. The lifespan of your orthotics will depend on how often you use them, but the average length of time is between 3-5 years.

Wilmette Foot and Ankle Clinic is proud to provide custom orthotics and comprehensive foot and ankle care to Wilmette, IL. To sit down with Dr. Rogers to find out if orthotics are right for you, call us at (847) 256-4434.

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