Custom Orthotics

Colorado Foot + Ankle Sports Medicine -  - Podiatrist

Kevin Blue, DPM

Podiatrist located in Parker, CO

Custom Orthotics Specialist
Chronic foot pain is one of the most common medical complaints among men and women in Parker, Colorado, and across the country, and it’s even more common among older patients and athletes. Custom orthotics from Colorado Foot + Ankle Sports Medicine can help. As the name implies, custom orthotics are made just for you to address the underlying causes of many types of chronic foot pain. Dr. Kevin Blue will ensure that you get the best orthotics for your needs using very precise measurement techniques and an in-depth evaluation to ensure comfort as well as major relief from pain and other symptoms.

Custom Orthotics Q & A

by Kevin Blue, DPM

What are custom orthotics?

Custom orthotics are special inserts that are made on a patient-by-patient basis to treat an array of foot- and ankle-related problems. Orthotics use durable materials and precise measurements for a comfortable fit, and they can be made to fit all types of shoes, including athletic shoes and dress shoes. They may be rigid, semi rigid, or soft.

What conditions can be treated with custom orthotics?

Custom orthotics can be created to treat a variety of problems, including:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Heel spurs
  • Corns and calluses

How are custom orthotics made?

Custom orthotics are made in a special lab using leather or synthetic materials molded to fit your foot and correct problems with your:

  • Foot
  • Ankle
  • Gait
  • Balance

Before they can be made, Dr. Blue will take very careful and precise measurements of your foot using special techniques. He’ll then send those measurements to the lab, which will create the orthotics specifically for you.

What is the difference between custom orthotics and the shoe inserts I can buy in a store?

You might think you can save money by buying shoe inserts at the drugstore to address some types of foot issues, but you might be surprised to learn those off-the-shelf inserts could cost you a lot more in the long run, for several reasons. First, as the name implies, custom orthotics are made specifically for your foot shape and your needs; there’s no guesswork. Over-the-counter inserts are made for the general public using broad concepts, which means they are far less effective in correcting foot- and ankle-related problems. They may even make some problems worse.

Custom orthotics are designed to last for a long time, and most insurance plans provide coverage, so your own costs are minimized. Mass-produced orthotics from a drugstore wear out very quickly and need frequent replacement, and they’re not covered by insurance. When you buy custom orthotics from Dr. Blue, you can be confident knowing you’re getting complete medical care and an accurate diagnosis of your needs for long-term relief of pain and other symptoms as well as improved mobility.

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