Orthotics can correct a wide variety of podiatric conditions.


Orthotics are, simply, shoe inserts. But prescription orthotics do much more than make your feet comfortable (though they do that, too). Better than over-the-counter inserts in almost every way, prescription orthotics are custom-made for your feet.

How Are Custom Orthotics Used?

Prescription orthotics can be used to treat the symptoms of almost any lower extremity condition. There are two main types of custom orthotics:

  • Functional orthotics—These are used to prevent problems that stem from misalignment of the lower extremities or biomechanical problems with posture or walking. They address abnormal movement.
  • Accommodative orthotics—These are used to correct biomechanical or overuse injuries or conditions of the foot and lower leg. They’re often used to ease pain symptoms from conditions such as diabetic ulcers or painful plantar warts.
What Can Orthotics Treat?

Custom-made orthotic inserts can help a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions. They can provide relief for:

  • Sudden, severe illness
  • Starting a uric acid-lowering treatment
  • Taking cyclosporine
How Are Orthotics Made?

You can’t get prescription orthotics without a visit to a podiatrist. Your podiatrist will first conduct a thorough medical history and physical exam of your feet, including an evaluation of how you walk.

If the podiatrist decides you need custom-made orthotics, you’ll have a plaster cast made of your feet. It takes a mere five minutes in the office. Then the podiatrist ships it off to a lab, and about two weeks later your custom-made orthotics will be on their way.

Orthotics can be made from a variety of material: different plastic polymers, graphite, even cork. The type of material used depends on what issue or issues the orthotics will be correcting. In some cases you’ll want a lot of support, such as if you have arch problems, so you’ll need something strong and rigid. Other times you’ll want an orthotic that is soft and supremely comfortable that will decrease foot pain.

If you are considering a supportive shoe insert, request an appointment at Essex Union Podiatry. Our expert podiatric specialists will evaluate your need and recommend a treatment plan that’s right for you. If you’re a good candidate for prescription orthotics, relief will be on the way after a five-minute foot cast.

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The physicians of Essex Union Podiatry are experienced and dedicated professionals trained in various subspecialties of podiatry care. Click on the pictures below to learn more about our doctors.

Jason P. Galante, DPM,

Jason Galante, DPM, AASPS

Nancy A. Kaplan, DPM, MBA, AACHE, FACFAS


Sarah E. Haller, DPM, AACFAS