Orthotics are custom-made shoe inserts that are individually crafted based on the foot shape, gait mechanics and medical issues of each patient. Orthotics relieve pain and pressure, redistributing weight to eliminate a host of symptoms while also improving balance and stability.
Custom orthotics can be used to treat an array of issues affecting the feet and ankles, including bunions, hammertoes, neuromas, plantar fasciitis, joint instability, corns and calluses, gait problems, arthritis and balance issues. Plus, they can be customized to suit nearly any type of footwear, including athletic shoes, dress shoes and high heels.
Over-the-counter inserts and cushions may provide initial relief of some types of foot pain, but they are not designed to address the underlying issues that cause pain to occur in the first place. In fact, by masking symptoms of foot pain, these products can actually allow underlying problems to become worse, making them more difficult to treat. Over-the-counter products are also designed for the broad needs of the general population, so they cannot provide the same level or consistency of relief as a custom-designed orthotic that is made to address specific medical issues while also providing support and comfort based on each patient's foot shape, gait patterns and other factors. And finally, custom orthotics are made of durable, comfortable materials designed to provide long-term relief, long after an over-the-counter solution has worn out and become useless.
Most medical insurance plans, including Medicare, provide coverage for medically-necessary custom orthotics. Park Slope Podiatry works closely with insurance providers to ensure each patient receives full benefits to help cover the cost of custom orthotic products, as well as the related office visits and fitting procedures used to ensure optimal results.
To find more information regarding orthotics please refer to our brochure in the link below.
New insurance plans are constantly being added. Please feel free to call our office to verify your plan.