Water Oak Foot and Ankle Surgery
Matthew McCabe, DPM, MS
Podiatrist located in Mansfield, TX
Custom Orthotics Q & A
What are Custom Orthotics?
Custom orthotics are specialized inserts designed to support the unique structure of your feet. Orthotics you buy at the pharmacy or sporting goods stores can provide relief but are not custom because they are not made directly from your foot.
Dr. McCabe routinely uses prescription orthotics to relieve pain and discomfort caused by foot, ankle and leg pain. Custom orthotics can also be used to help prevent calluses and wounds for diabetic feet.
What Conditions Can Custom Orthotics Treat?
Custom orthotics can be a very effective nonsurgical treatment for a variety of problems such as:
- Forefoot pain
- Flat feet
- Heel spurs
- High arches
- Plantar fasciitis
- Diabetic feet
Some foot pain and certain conditions are unique and require a detailed physical exam and collaboration with Dr. Matthew McCabe, DPM to determine what type of custom orthotic will work best.
Are There Different Types of Custom Orthotics?
Yes, but not one type of custom orthotic will fit every patient. Dr. Matthew McCabe, DPM utilizes different types of orthotics, including:
Functional/Rigid Custom Orthotics
Functional orthotics are made of materials like carbon fiber or plastic. The purpose of a functional orthotic is to prevent too much motion among the smaller joints of the foot. Active people will generally benefit most from functional orthotics.
Accommodative orthotics are soft and are intended to cushion the foot. Additionally, for diabetic patients, accommodative orthotics can mold to your foot and offload area that cause calluses or painful areas to the bottom of the foot and toes.
How are Custom Orthotics Made?
A detailed physical exam is necessary to determine what type orthotics will best benefit you and your needs. A biomechanical exam of your foot, ankle, leg and knee are assessed, your specific needs are also addressed and assessed. A gait analysis is also conducted while you’re walking and in specific instances, while running. This determines how your feet and ankles function during physical activity.
Finally, a 3D scan is conducted to ensure the mold of the custom orthotic is specific to your feet and that it meets your needs.
Am I a Good Candidate for Custom Orthotics?
Many people will benefit from custom orthotics, active athletes, children, people with diabetes, etc. Following a physical exam, review of your medical history, and discussion of your symptoms, your Dr. Matthew McCabe, DPM can make recommendations that align with your individual needs.
Conditions and Treatments
Heel Painmore info
Ingrown Toenailsmore info
Custom Orthoticsmore info
Ankle Painmore info
Ankle and Foot Deformitymore info
Foot Painmore info
Bunion Deformitymore info
Hammer Toesmore info
Diabetic Foot Exammore info