Custom Orthotics Specialist

Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Kerrville and South Texas Medical Center, San Antonio, TX

Custom Orthotics Specialist
Custom Orthotics services offered in Kerrville and South Texas Medical Center, San Antonio, TX

If you suffer from foot, heel, or ankle pain, consider custom orthotics. Custom orthotics support the unique structure of your feet, relieving aches, pains, and general discomfort. At South Texas Foot Surgeons, PA, board-certified podiatrist Shay Fish, DPM, and the team regularly prescribe custom orthotics to children, teens, and adults. To make an appointment, call the office in Kerrville or San Antonio, Texas, or book online today.

Custom Orthotics Q&A

What are custom orthotics?

Custom orthotics are prescription inserts that you wear inside of your shoes. They provide additional support for your feet, heels, and ankles, helping relieve symptoms of common problems like hammertoes or plantar fasciitis.

What types of problems can custom orthotics treat?

At South Texas Foot Surgeons, PA, Dr. Fish and the team use custom orthotics to treat a wide range of foot and ankle problems, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Bunions
  • Bursitis
  • Diabetes
  • Flat feet
  • Hammertoes
  • Heel spurs
  • High arches
  • Plantar fasciitis

Dr. Fish and the team also use custom orthotics to treat sports injuries, like sprains, strains, and stress fractures.

What are the types of custom orthotics?

Dr. Fish and the team offer several types of custom orthotics, including:

Accommodative “soft” orthotics

Soft orthotics are made of cushiony, padded materials. They take pressure off of uncomfortable spots, like sores or bruises. Accommodative orthotics are bulkier than functional orthotics, so you might have to wear them with prescription shoes.

Rigid “functional” orthotics

Rigid orthotics are tough and made from materials like plastic or carbon fiber. They fit inside your tennis shoes and relieve pressure on the muscles, tendons, or ligaments in your feet. 

What does getting custom orthotics involve?

At South Texas Foot Surgeons, PA, the team provides custom orthotics on-site.

Your provider reviews your medical records and asks about the symptoms you’re experiencing. Then, they examine your feet and ankles, looking for signs of bruising, redness, or swelling. Your provider also takes X-rays or an MRI to get a closer look at the hard and soft tissues in your feet.

If your provider determines that you can benefit from custom orthotics, they take 3D scans of your feet. Then, they send your scans to a nearby podiatry lab that designs and manufactures your custom orthotics.

About a week later, when your custom orthotics are ready, you return to South Texas Foot Surgeons, PA. Dr. Fish and the team have you try the orthotics on and make adjustments, ensuring a perfect fit.

How long do custom orthotics last?

Custom orthotics last between five and seven years* on average, but it’s possible to extend their use by taking good care of them.

To see if you can benefit from custom orthotics, make an appointment at South Texas Foot Surgeons, PA, by calling the nearest office or booking online today.

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