Orthotics

Many people, young and old alike, need to get eyeglasses. If they don’t they will have to squint and have problems seeing. It is the same with the feet.  Orthotics are the glasses for the feet, and comprise a large part of the practice.

Custom orthotics are specially-made devices designed to support and comfort your feet. Prescription orthotics are crafted for you and no one else. They match the contours of your feet precisely and are designed for the way you move. Orthotics are only manufactured after a podiatrist has conducted a complete evaluation of your feet, ankles, and legs, so the orthotic can accommodate your unique foot structure and pathology.

Podiatrists use orthotics to treat foot problems such as plantar fasciitis, bursitis, tendinitis, diabetic foot ulcers, and foot, ankle, and heel pain.  Clinical research studies have shown that podiatrist-prescribed foot orthotics decrease foot pain and improve function.

Orthotics typically cost more than shoe inserts purchased in a retail store, but the additional cost is usually well worth it.  Unlike shoe inserts, orthotics are molded to fit each individual foot, so you can be sure that your orthotics fit and do what they’re supposed to do.  Prescription orthotics are also made of top-notch materials and last many years when cared for properly. Insurance often helps pay for prescription orthotics.

The science of orthotic therapy was started at the medical school from which Dr. Hoy graduated.  The first professors who invented and taught on the subject of orthotics were from the California College of Podiatric Medicine, which has traditionally been the most stringent, advanced and innovative in the field.

Board Certified in the field of podiatric orthopedics, Dr. Hoy takes great pride in his experience in making custom orthotics.  This gives patients the assurance that orthotics made are accurate to pathology and backed up by education and training.

Orthotics have become a burgeoning industry.  Retail stores touting expensive “custom” orthotics and arch supports have sprung up nationwide, with ads constantly being broadcast on television and social media.  And while these outlets promise a precision fit, podiatrists spend four years in podiatric medical school and multiple years in residency training to become the experts in foot and ankle health.

If discomfort has not improved with an insert—or if the orthotic is causing new pain—it’s time to visit us for recommendations based on your foot and their education, training, and experience. Dr. Hoy clarifies the myriad of available choices to help you focus on what type of device you need for your foot type and pathology.  This includes functional and accommodative devices.  If custom prescription orthotics are needed, Dr. Hoy will guide you to make the best device available.

Our office does not verify the fit or function of, nor refurbish, orthotics made by another provider.  We also do not make new orthotics from molds created by another provider.

We have created a library of information regarding orthotic therapy:

1. What Is An Orthotic?  This article discusses the difference between over-the-counter and custom orthotics, as well as between functional (supportive) and accommodative (cushioning) orthotics.

2. Are Orthotics Effective?  This article discusses how orthotics should be made, its efficacy vs. exercises, and conditions for which orthotics are effective.

3. Conditions to Use Orthotics.  This article details the use of functional and accommodative orthotics for the treatment of various foot and ankle conditions, as well as suggestions for the proper shoes in which to use orthotics.

4. Prescription Orthotics Process.  This article describes the process by which custom orthotics are made in the office.

5. Making Custom Orthotics.  This article diagrams the manufacturing process it takes to make a pair of custom orthotics.

6. Getting the Most from Your Orthotics.  This article outlines the instructions for patients to use their new custom orthotics.

7. Trimming Orthotics.  This articles details how to trim orthotics to make them fit into your shoe.

8. Do I Have to Wear Orthotics the Rest of My Life?  Discusses how orthotics work long term.  Do they change your feet so you don’t have to wear them after awhile?

“I originally went to Dr. Hoy two years ago because of pain in my foot. I found Dr. Hoy to be very friendly and professional, taking time to educate me about mechanics of the foot, and answered my questions in a respectful manner. I was able to have the x-rays done and custom orthotics fitted in his office, without having to go somewhere else for each phase of the treatment. Since receiving treatment from Dr. Hoy I am able to take long walks again, and for that I am grateful…” -Jeanette H.