Arya Foot & Ankle
Board Certified Podiatrist located in Phoenix and greater Scottsdale, AZ
Custom orthotics are hand-molded shoe inserts that are created for your unique foot needs. At Arya Foot & Ankle, board-certified podiatrist Shylaja Arya, DPM, analyzes your gait and current footwear and then measures your feet to design the ideal orthotics for you. Orthotics can relieve foot pain, reduce pressure, and improve your foot function significantly. Call the Phoenix, Arizona, office or use online scheduling today to find out how custom orthotics can help with your foot issues.
What are custom orthotics?
Custom orthotics are individually made shoe inserts that Dr. Arya creates onsite at Arya Foot & Ankle. They're an effective, nonsurgical way to improve your gait, correct posture, increase stability, and reduce foot pain. They can also reduce pain in the ankles, legs, knees, and hips.
When do I need custom orthotics?
Dr. Arya often prescribes custom orthotics for many foot and ankle problems, including:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Midfoot instability
- Flat feet or low arches
- High arches
Custom orthotics often reduce foot pain and mobility issues to such a degree that patients can avoid surgery.
Custom orthotics can be an important aspect of good diabetic foot care, and they're often a major component of sports medicine treatments. Many pediatric and geriatric patients wear orthotics to stay on their feet comfortably and safely.
Are custom orthotics and over-the-counter shoe inserts the same?
No. The shoe inserts you can find at drugstores aren't very effective because they lack any type of customization. But some over-the-counter inserts are far better than others.
If you're a good candidate for a high-quality premade shoe insert, Dr. Arya can recommend a medical-grade insert that you can only buy from medical providers like Arya Foot & Ankle.
An experienced doctor of physical therapy designed these premade inserts, so they're far superior to those you'd buy in a drugstore. Dr. Arya can fit you with the best inserts according to your unique foot pathology, but they aren’t individually made for you.
A custom orthotic is special because Dr. Arya casts it to your foot and then molds it by hand. Dr. Arya specializes in custom orthotics that correct your foot problems and make you comfortable.
How does the custom orthotics process work?
When you come for your custom orthotics appointment, Dr. Arya recommends that you bring the shoes you wear most frequently, as well as any over-the-counter shoe inserts you use. In some cases, Dr. Arya can modify your current shoe inserts to fit you perfectly.
Before creating your custom orthotics, she conducts a comprehensive orthotics exam that includes:
- Foot exam
- Gait evaluation
- Limb measurement
- Feet measurements
By combining all of these measurements and evaluations, she determines the perfect prescription for you.
Every patient has a different orthotics prescription since each foot is different. In fact, your own two feet can have very different custom orthotics prescriptions.
Ready to get your custom orthotics? Call your Phoenix foot doctor, Arya Foot & Ankle, or make an appointment online today.