Orthotics and Bracing
So many painful foot conditions ultimately come down to biomechanics. Heel pain, aching arches, wobbly ankles, ulcers, arthritis, even bunions—behind each one, you can often find a structural or mechanical issue with your foot shape or the way you walk.
That’s why braces and orthotic devices (both prefabricated and custom) are such effective tools. By supporting weak or flat structures, shifting pressure away from aching tissues and joints, and even changing the way you walk, they help you get through your day without pain.
Inserts, Orthotics, and Braces We Carry
There are many different wearable devices that can help you with your foot pain or gait abnormalities. Some of the options we offer include:
- Customizable orthotics. Rather than going out and buying a shoe insert off the rack at a pharmacy (which may or may not help), you can visit our office. For about the same price, we can select an appropriate insert and heat mold it in our office to provide a customized (and more effective) fit.
- Custom orthotics. The real deal. These devices are individually manufactured from the ground up just for you, made from a biofoam mold of your feet. This casting process is extremely important, and we take great care to make sure we’re measuring your feet in a biomechanically correct position.
- Braces. Foot braces or splints may be prescribed to stretch tight tendons, support wobbling ankles, improve your walking biomechanics, or other reasons. Our selection includes the Equinus Brace, a great option for people with plantar fasciitis or limited ankle mobility, which works much better than traditional night splints or manual stretching.
Do I Really Need Orthotics or Bracing?
Orthotics, braces, and other shoe inserts or wearable devices are often among the least invasive and most effective treatment options for a wide range of conditions. However, every case is different and only a professional can help you determine whether orthotics might be right for you—and if so, which type would be most appropriate. For example, some people with low arches might be best served by an orthotic, while for others we might recommend a surgical procedure such as HyProCure.
Aren’t Store-Bought Shoes Inserts Good Enough?
In most cases, no. While a store-bought orthotic, insert, or brace may provide some relief, the effects are often insufficient or temporary. You’re much better off getting evaluated and fitted by a specialist who understands foot and ankle biomechanics inside and out.
Won’t They Be Expensive?
Not necessarily! In fact, a lot of people are shocked when they find out we can offer them a better product for less money than many of the alternatives. A prefabricated orthotic heat-molded in our office confers many of the benefits of a fully custom orthotic, and typically only run about $50. Custom orthotics will be a bit more expensive up front, of course, but they also tend to work the best and last much longer, especially with care and maintenance.
Can I Use the Same Pair of Orthotics in Multiple Different Shoes?
Usually orthotics will transfer easily between shoes of a similar type. You may or may not be able to use the same pair with different types of shoes (for example, from athletic to dress shoes).
How Often Will My Orthotics Need to Be Replaced?
The expected lifetime of your orthotics will depend on the materials they’re made from, how often you use them, the activities you perform in them, etc. However, with proper care, some orthotics may last many years—3 to 5 years is typical for rigid or semi-rigid models, and some can last even longer. Custom orthotics can also frequently be refurbished or repaired, rather than completely replaced.
The Best Orthotics and Bracing in Lee’s Summit, MO
We’re confident that we supply the best orthotics and braces available in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area—and for the best value, too.
If you have persistent foot pain, there’s a great chance an orthotic can make a big difference in your quality of life. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Foster in Lee’s Summit, MO, please call our office today at (816) 246-4222.