Podiatry Healthcare Associates
Maurice Betesh, DPM
Foot & Ankle Specialist located in Midwood, Clinton Hills, & Marine Park, Brooklyn, NY
Custom orthotics are devices that go in your shoes to correct foot imbalances, movement problems, and other issues in your feet and ankles. At Podiatry Healthcare Associates in Brooklyn, New York City, experienced board-certified podiatrist Maurice Betesh, DPM, tailors your orthotics for your particular needs to ensure that you’re safe and comfortable. Call one of the three convenient Brooklyn locations - Midwood, Clinton Hills, or Marine Park - or book an appointment online anytime.
Custom Orthotics Q & A
What are custom orthotics?
Custom orthotics are devices that fit within your shoe. At Podiatry Healthcare Associates, Dr. Betesh creates orthotics based on your specific foot measurements. Because this type of orthotic is custom-made using a sophisticated computer design program, it supports your foot in an ideal way.
What are the different kinds of custom orthotics?
Orthotics can improve your foot function, protect your foot, or both. The exact type of orthotic that you need depends on your particular problem, but you generally get one of the two following types of orthotics.
Functional orthotics correct movement in your two primary foot joints. They are rigid or semi-rigid orthotics that are typically made of carbon fiber or hard plastic. Often, functional orthotics are an important part of treatment for foot pain caused by irregular movements. They also treat sports injuries or overuse injuries like shin splints or tendinitis.
Accommodative orthotics can help with movement, but their main function is increasing comfort and improving foot support. This kind of orthotic can cushion sensitive feet by relieving pressure if you have foot damage from diabetes or another condition. Accommodative orthotics are often helpful when you're suffering from:
- Diabetic nerve damage (diabetic neuropathy)
- Foot ulcers
- Plantar warts
- Any condition that damages your foot and makes it painful to walk
After a comprehensive foot and ankle exam and review of your medical history, Dr. Betesh can determine what kind of orthotic is right for you. If you suffer from diabetes, you may also need custom diabetes shoes to protect your feet.
Are shoe inserts the same as custom orthotics?
No, not even close. The most glaring difference is that shoe inserts aren’t custom made for your foot. Most shoe inserts are over-the-counter shoe pads designed to fit everyone. Unfortunately, that means they usually don’t fit anyone very well. Even if shoe inserts are custom made using a mold of your foot, they’re not the same as custom orthotics.
Dr. Betesh observes your foot and ankle movement, carefully examines your foot, and uses a highly specialized computer design program to create orthotics made only for your foot. Even shoe inserts made from a mold of your foot can’t come close to that precision.
Custom orthotics are prescription-only devices, which means they perform the important job of normalizing your foot and ankle movement, supporting your foot, and protecting your foot.
Call Podiatry Healthcare Associates or use online booking for the best custom orthotics in Brooklyn.