Custom Orthotics Specialist

Metro Foot and Ankle Specialists

Podiatrist located in Sugar Land, TX

A foot imbalance can slow down even the most avid athletes. But you don’t have to be a marathon runner to find yourself sidelined by pain in your feet and ankles. Nesha Prasla, DPM, and the team at Metro Foot and Ankle Specialists in Sugar Land, Texas, work with you to create custom orthotics for a variety of foot and ankle issues that slow you down. If you want to explore custom orthotics to help with the conditions and pain you’re facing, call the office or schedule an appointment online with Metro Foot and Ankle Specialists today.

Custom Orthotics Q & A

What are custom orthotics?

A custom orthotic is a shoe insert made to exactly fit the contours of your feet. They are made by taking a cast mold of your foot and sending it to a lab to precisely fit the shape of your foot, along with the custom prescription modifications that help to align your foot into its best functional position. 

What kinds of conditions do custom orthotics fix?

Orthotics are used to remedy a variety of conditions in your feet, including: 

  • Heel pain
  • Plantar fasciitis 
  • Flat feet
  • Ligament and tendon injuries
  • Knee pain
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Low back pain

Dr. Prasla evaluates your symptoms and condition to determine if you require custom orthotics.

How do custom orthotics work?

Doctor-designed orthotics control the alignment and function of your foot, specifically treating or preventing abnormal motion that causes issues throughout your lower body. Custom orthotics work by redistributing the pressure on the bottom of the feet, decreasing high-pressure areas, and cushioning the foot. 

Orthotics do not permanently change your alignment or motion and only provide relief when you’re wearing them. They are best used in conjunction with physical therapy, stretching, anti-inflammatories, or any other treatment recommended by Dr. Prasla.

How do custom orthotics feel?

Just like any new treatment for a long-standing medical issue, it may take some time to adjust to your new orthotics. When wearing orthotics for the first time, you may experience some soreness in the arch of your foot or other discomfort for a short time. Any new blisters, redness, or pain should be reported to Dr. Prasla so she can make adjustments.

Consistently wearing your orthotics allows your feet to heal as they realign and can also prevent further pain and injuries.

Can’t I just use prefabricated orthotics?

The types of orthotics found in drugstores or “off the shelf” are chiefly made to add cushioning, increasing softness but not function. The quality of these varies widely. While soft insoles may feel good at first, they frequently cause more harm than good. 

Additionally, prefabricated orthotics aren’t custom fit to your foot and lack the durability of custom orthotics. Store-bought orthotics have a lifespan of about a year, while custom orthotics can last more than 10 years. 

Custom orthotics offer a non-invasive solution for a variety of issues in your feet, ankles, and lower back. To see if custom orthotics work for you, call the office or schedule an appointment online with Metro Foot and Ankle Specialists today.