Custom or OTC?

Why OTC Orthotics Could Be Harming Your Feet

Orthotic Debate: Customized or Over The Counter

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Orthotics come in all shapes and sizes. You can have over-the-counter orthotics as well as custom orthotics. Orthotics actually support the foot; they control the motions.

The ones that are typically over-the-counter are orthotics that are soft and cushion and have a gel or foam-type material. That's not necessarily controlling the motion.

Custom orthotics control the motion of the foot - the subtalar joint. That allows for proper alignment of all the digits, as well as the mid-foot, and allows the foot to function in a normal fashion.

If you do not have a custom mold of your foot, then you truly do not have an orthotic. You just have an arch support.

Custom orthotics will correct the foot and put it in correct alignment in a neutral position. You must have a mold of your foot made.

In other words, we take a cast made out of fiberglass and hold the foot in a neutral position to correct the alignment of the foot. That will help with the knee alignment, hip and lower back, as well as neck pain.

You must make an appointment to come in and get fully fitted and caste for these orthotics.

OrthoticME Customized Orthotics For Your Foot

We'd like to introduce to you OrthoticME. It's the first modular orthotic that allows you to build up the orthotic from the ground to get the correction that your prefer. OrthoticME offers a fully array of pads and supports.

Here we have the mid foot bridge. Left, right. And here's the small, left and right mid foot bridge. And here are the calcanya rings. Small and large.

The pads include the metarsal pad, a perinal pad and a transverse arch pad. And here we have the scafoid pads. This would be right and this would be left. All of these can be assembled right onto the top cover.

In a manner that's preferred by you and or your patient. So this customized orthotic product allows you to easily assemble the pressure distribution system that your patient needs with these modular components.

This patient is ready to go. Feel the comfort you get with your fully customized OrthoticME. Which gives you the support and takes away the pain.


CAVEAT - Beware Of "Over The Counter" Orthotics.

Orthotics for feet are medically prescribed instruments that are personally made to suit your particular foot problem. Many stores and pharmacies sell over the counter orthotics which could aggravate your condition. If your foot problem is severe, you must consult your local podiatrist/chiropodist in your area for the correct orthotic.

Websites Of Interest

The websites below provide helpful information in regards to foot, heel and ankle ailments.

The American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine serves to advance the understanding, prevention and management of lower extremity sports and fitness injuries.
Website: http://www.aapsm.org/members.html
Phone: (352) 620-8562
Email: info@aapsm.org

ACFAS seeks to promote the art and science of foot, ankle and related lower extremity surgery
Website: http://www.acfas.org/
Phone: (800) 421-2237
Email: info@acfas.org

Our purpose, or goal, is to protect and improve the health and welfare of the public by the advancement of the science of podiatric surgery.
Website: http://www.abps.org
Phone: (415) 553-7800
Email: info@abps.org

ASPS will advance the knowledge and skills of podiatrists in the area of surgery of the foot, ankle, and governing and related structures.
Website: http://www.aspsmembers.org/
Phone: 877-277-7616 (toll free)
Email: N/A

The American Board of Medical Specialties, a not-for-profit organization, was established to create uniformity in physician certification.
Website: http://www.abms.org/
Phone: (312) 436-2600
Email: N/A