Custom Orthotics services offered in The Fan, VCU, Richmond, VA
Custom orthotics are prescription devices made for your foot’s particular needs. At Richmond Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates, experienced podiatrists Weston Angermeier, DPM, and Rachel Hensley, DPM, offer custom orthotics in their Richmond, Virginia, office. They use a state-of-the-art 3D imaging system to create the most precise map to ensure that your custom orthotics fit correctly. Book your appointment online today or call the office.
Quick Facts About Custom Orthotics
Custom orthotics are shaped to match the unique contours of an individual’s foot, providing comfort and improved posture while walking or running.
Custom orthotic devices can help reduce pain caused by various medical conditions such as plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, and Achilles tendinitis.
Custom orthotics can also improve balance and stability when worn during high-impact activities such as sports or running.
Q & A
What are custom orthotics?
Custom orthotics are shoe inserts created to your foot’s unique measurements. These include:
Functional orthotics correct problems with how you move and offset structural flaws in your feet. These orthotics can help with foot pain, balance problems, and faulty foot biomechanics (problems with the way your feet are shaped and move). Functional orthotics are thin and rigid.
Accommodative orthotics support and cushion your feet. They gently shift your weight away from a vulnerable part of your foot and ease your discomfort. Accommodative orthotics are softer than functional orthotics.
Custom orthotics are prescription tools made to correct your specific foot problems.
When might I need custom orthotics?
Many conditions and foot problems can require custom orthotics, including:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinitis
- High arches
- Flat feet
- Overpronation (rolling your feet inward)
- Underpronation (rolling your feet outward)
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Corns and calluses
- Sports injuries
While custom orthotics are typically for foot problems, they’re also a good tool for fine-tuning movement and preventing injury in athletes and other active people.
How are custom orthotics made?
Many generic orthotics are available over-the-counter, but these one-size-fits-all inserts never fit anyone perfectly. Every foot differs in shape and structure.
Richmond Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates uses the newest cutting-edge technology for custom orthotics: 3D digital scanning. The 3D scanning process provides the most precise foot measurements, which leads to the creation of the most accurate custom orthotics possible.
A 3D scan captures your foot in both non-weight-bearing and weight-bearing positions. It can detect the areas where you exert too much pressure, the areas of foot imbalance, and other problems that lead to foot pain.
Older methods involved creating plaster casts of your feet. But with 3D scanning, there’s no messy or uncomfortable plaster, and the process takes just a few minutes in your podiatrist’s office.
Richmond Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates then makes individual orthotics for your feet using these detailed scans.
The orthotics process is easy and painless, from the 3D in-office scan to fitting your new orthotics. Call the Richmond Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates office today or use the provided booking link to make your appointment.