A Step Up Podiatry, LLC
Ankle and Foot Surgeon located in Manalapan, NJ
Custom orthotics are one of the most effective noninvasive tools that exist for correcting foot and ankle problems in children and adults. Sanjay Gandhi, DPM, the founder and podiatrist at A Step Up Podiatry, LLC, uses state-of-the-art digital imaging to design custom orthotics that relieve common foot problems like flat feet, plantar fasciitis, hallux rigidus, and more. Call the Manalapan Township, New Jersey, office, or click the online appointment scheduler for help now.
Orthotics Q & A
What are custom orthotics?
Custom orthotics are prescription medical devices that slide into your shoes, support your ankles, position your toes, or work in some other way to correct foot and ankle problems.
Many patients initially confuse custom orthotics with shoe inserts. Though many orthotics look similar to shoe inserts at first glance, the main difference is that custom orthotics are made for your foot measurements, so they can make precise corrections.
At A Step Up Podiatry, LLC, Dr. Gandhi uses a state-of-the-art digital imaging system to take a series of foot measurements. Then, the orthotics laboratory fabricates the orthotics for your specific needs. Over-the-counter shoe inserts can lend a little support or cushion your feet, but they aren’t medical devices, and they can’t treat foot and ankle problems.
What conditions do orthotics help with?
Orthotics can treat many foot and ankle problems, such as:
- Flat feet
- Hallux rigidus, or rigid big toe
- Plantar fasciitis and its associated heel pain
- Corns between toes (toe separator)
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Achilles tendinitis
- Ankle instability
- Too-high arches
A number of foot and ankle problems improve with a combination treatment that includes orthotics and other conservative measures. Dr. Gandhi evaluates your needs carefully to determine if orthotics can help you.
What are the types of orthotics?
There are two main types of prescription orthotics: accommodative and functional.
Accommodative orthotics cushion and support your foot in a specific way that accommodates your unique needs. They’re generally made from soft materials. If you suffer from calluses, foot ulcers, or other painful skin problems, accommodative orthotics are often an ideal solution. Sometimes, accommodative orthotics work with diabetic shoes to protect your skin as you heal from diabetic foot ulcers or other foot wounds.
Functional orthotics guide your foot or ankle to treat abnormal foot biomechanics. This kind of orthotic is made of rigid or semi-rigid materials like plastic, thermoplastic, or graphite. Functional orthotics can treat tendonitis, ankle instability, or other problems caused by abnormal foot and ankle movements.
Only a medical professional like Dr. Gandhi can prescribe custom orthotics. Dr. Gandhi carefully evaluates your foot or ankle issue to determine which type of orthotic would suit you best.
For custom orthotics with truly customized care, call A Step Up Podiatry, LLC, or click the online booking tool now.