Custom Orthotics Specialists at Michfoot in Southfield Michigan

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Custom orthotics are unique to your foot structure. At Michfoot Surgeons, Randy Leff, DPM, and other skilled podiatric care providers prescribe orthotics for foot deformities, foot function issues and foot pain. Custom orthotics are easy to wear and feel like a natural part of your shoes.

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Custom orthotics are devices that you insert in your shoe. A custom orthotic is a prescription device made for your unique foot structure.

Based on what kind of effects you need, custom orthotics can change weight distribution, ease pressure, and align your foot so you can stand, walk and run more comfortably and efficiently.

There are three main types of orthotics:

  1. Rigid orthotics. Rigid orthotics change foot function, making your movements more efficient. They’re normally made of hard material like plastic. Rigid orthotics direct movement in the two major foot joints just under your ankle. They’re effective at relieving aches and pains in the feet, legs and lower back.
  2. Soft orthotics. Soft orthotics are usually made out of a soft material that moves with your foot. They cushion your foot, improve balance, and relieve pressure in painful areas like healing foot wounds.
  3. Semi-rigid orthotics. Semi-rigid orthotics have characteristics of both rigid and soft orthotics. Soft and rigid materials alternate, which can ease pain effectively while also improving foot function.

Michfoot Surgeons customizes any type of orthotic to your needs. Most orthotics fill the bottom of the shoe (from heel to toes), but others only fit under the ball of your foot or other specific pain points on your foot.

Custom orthotics treat foot problems such as:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoe
  • Diabetic foot wounds
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Flat feet
  • Pes cavus (high arches)
  • Arthritis (rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Bursitis

Custom orthotics can also support optimal foot movement in athletes who want to perform at their very best and help prevent injuries.

You can’t buy custom orthotics over the counter; they’re only available through medical providers. The podiatric specialists at Michfoot Surgeons take measurements of your feet and create a custom orthotic blueprint. An orthotics lab then creates your new orthotics based on that plan.
Custom orthotics are high-quality medical devices with a long lifespan. In general, most orthotics last a year or longer with regular wear. Each time you visit Michfoot Surgeons, bring your orthotics with you so we can check on their wear and determine whether it’s time to replace them.

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