What is an orthotic?
An orthotic is a custom molded device we create from a mold of your foot. It typically is a semi-rigid device that supports the anatomical weaknesses in your foot, allowing balance to be created in the foundation of your body- your feet!
Since your feet support you in walking, running, and standing, they should be taken care of. The 3 arches and 26 bones in the foot provide distribution of compressive forces when you are weight bearing, thus reducing the stressful affects on your spine and soft tissues.
For example: If you suffer from recurrent episodes of lower back pain over a prolonged period of time, and you've tried EVERYTHING... consider this:
- What if you have a short leg and didn't even know it?
- What if you were walking on a collapsed arch for the past few years and never realized it?
- The knee pain that ensues after prolonged walking, or light recreational activities?
- Do you have recurring headaches?
You see, your body is an amazing, efficient, and compensatory machine! If one part begins to fail or deteriorate, another part will pick up the slack- but only for so long. That's why we combine the measurements and information gathered from your xray evaluation to determine if and exactly what type of orthotic would best benefit you.
Orthotics are used for more than you think!
1. Lower Back Pain
2. Chronic Neck Pain
5. Hip Pain
6. Knee Pain
7. Short Leg
8. Sacroiliac Pain
9. Foot Problems
10. Heel Pain/Spurs
11. Sports Injuries
12. Ankle Pain
13. Shin Splints
Do I need a physician's prescription to get custom orthotics?
No, it is well within the scope of Chiropractic Medicine to provide such supportive/corrective devices and therefore do not need a physician's referral.
Does my insurance cover orthotics?
That depends! Some insurance companies cover such in full, some in part, and some not at all. Others have stipulations of medical necessity or requiring the patient have a previous diagnosis of Diabetes. We can answer these questions for you!
How long will my orthotics last?
Usually between 12 to 18 months.