Custom Functional Orthotics are devices scientifically constructed in a laboratory from a neutral position impression cast of the feet after a careful range of motion study and biomechanical exam has been performed on both lower extremities. They are used to correct or accommodate and improve function of various foot deformities which are producing symptoms and inflammatory processes such as tendonitis, capsulitis and fasciitis. Orthotics are very effective in treating these inflammatory processes and preventing the inflammation from recurring or becoming chronic and disabling. Their use prevents the need for prolonged physical therapy, immobilization and in many cases, surgery.
The newest orthotics available are casted for with plaster, but the plaster cast is then sent to a lab where the inside of the cast is read by a computer cad program. The orthotics are then fabricated from high polymer plastic or semi-rigid foam that is never heated. This allows them to be stronger and more rigid while still remaining relatively thin. They may then be covered with a soft topcover when appropriate. These computer generated devices can be made to fit into any shoes, including dress flats and heels up to 1 ½ inches in heel height. Any shoes with over that heel height would not accommodate an orthotic well enough to do any good.
Custom orthotics are the conservative treatment of choice for most foot problems. That is because most foot conditions are due to poor foot function and biomechanical faults. Custom orthotics correct these faults. Some examples of conditions treated with custom orthotics include Achilles Tendonitis, Bunions, Calcaneal Apophysitis, Hammertoes, Joint Capsulitis, Neuroma, Peroneal Tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis, and Plantar Fibroma.