Orthotics Specialist

Innovation Medical Group

Podiatry, Foot and Ankle Surgery & Wound Care

Orthotics are shaped inserts that you wear in your shoes to support, cushion, and realign your feet. If you develop a painful foot or ankle condition, Innovation Medical Group has offices in Salt Lake City, Layton, and St. George, Utah, Idaho Falls and Meridian, Idaho, and Las Vegas, Nevada, where you can get custom-made orthotics. Your podiatrist designs these inserts to your specific requirements for optimal effectiveness. Find out how custom orthotics could relieve your lower limb pain by calling your nearest Innovation Medical Group office or booking an appointment online today.

Orthotics Q & A

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts worn inside your shoes to support your feet and correct minor misalignments. Well-fitting orthotics effectively relieve foot and ankle pain and even problems in your knees, hips, and lower back.

You can buy over-the-counter orthotics, but as these are mass-produced, they won't be a precise fit for your feet. Innovation Medical Group supplies custom-made orthotics that they design to fit your feet perfectly and give you optimal support.

How do orthotics work?

The bones and connective tissues that make up your feet and ankles need to line up correctly to function as they should. 

A structural abnormality or a slight shift in your foot and ankle alignment can affect the way you stand and walk, causing aching and pain. You're also more likely to experience problems like heel pain.

The custom orthotics that Innovation Medical Group uses provide enhanced arch support, cushion your feet from impact, correct misalignments, and distribute your body weight more evenly. Realigning your feet improves the body's balance and reduces your risk of lower limb pain.

What conditions can custom orthotics treat?

Some of the foot and ankle disorders custom orthotics can treat include:

  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetic foot problems
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Arch pain
  • Flatfeet
  • Differences in leg length
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoe
  • Bursitis

Rigid orthotics are usually best for structural problems affecting your legs and back. More flexible orthotics are better for painful soft tissue conditions like plantar fasciitis and bunions. 

You can also get orthotics that combine rigid and soft materials. Your podiatrist can advise you on which type you need.

Custom orthotics often work as a standalone treatment for foot problems. Innovation Medical Group also uses them alongside physical therapy, steroid injections, laser treatments, and other therapies, depending on your condition and individual needs.

How do I get my orthotics?

The team at Innovation Medical Group takes you through a painless assessment and measuring process to create your custom orthotics.

They examine your feet and use 3D imaging technology to reproduce them digitally. They also analyze your gait — the way you walk, how your feet meet the ground, and how far apart your steps are. Your provider sends all this information to a lab that specializes in making custom orthotics.

When the orthotics arrive at Innovation Medical Group, you attend a fitting session. Your podiatrist ensures the orthotics are a perfect fit and perform the intended function.

To find out how you can benefit from Innovation Medical Group's custom orthotics, call their office or book an appointment online today.