Family Foot & Ankle Specialists

Podiatrists & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Greenville, TX & Rockwall, TX

To correct an irregular walking gait or provide cushioning to help you heal, your podiatrist may recommend orthotics. Steven Brancheau, DPM; Paul Brancheau, DPM; and Ryan Pinedo, DPM, of Family Foot & Ankle Specialists in Greenville and Rockwall, Texas, design personalized orthotic inserts right in the office. If you know you need orthotics or are experiencing ongoing foot pain, contact the clinic to see how the team can help. Book your orthotics exam online or over the phone with either office.

Orthotics Q & A

What are the benefits of orthotics?

Orthotics provide support or cushioning in areas where your shoes can’t. After all, shoes are designed to fit everyone who wears the same size as you. But your podiatrist can craft orthotics that are made specifically for your two feet, which provides superior support. 

Orthotics are beneficial because they can:

  • Provide added arch support
  • Offload weight if you have a foot wound
  • Support your toes if you have deformities, like bunions
  • Provide stability to help lower your risk of injuries

Plus, because orthotics allow for correct positioning of your feet, they can keep pain levels down to a minimum. This can help athletes who struggle with foot pain perform better. 

Which type of orthotics do I need?

Family Foot & Ankle Specialists sometimes recommends over-the-counter orthotics for minor issues. In most cases, podiatrists prescribe custom-molded orthotics that are fabricated for each of your feet. Below are some of the most common custom orthotics available.

Functional orthotics

Made from rigid materials like plastic or carbon fiber, functional orthotics correct structural issues. For example, if you have over- or under-pronation issues, functional orthotics keep your feet stable, which helps properly align your entire skeleton.

Accommodative orthotics

Accommodative orthotics are soft and cushion your feet. They’re highly beneficial for diabetics or anyone suffering from sore spots because they help minimize pressure on a wound or injured area. 

How does a podiatrist make orthotics?

Family Foot & Ankle Specialists provides on-site orthotic mold services. Your podiatrist can gather digital molds through high-definition 3D imaging, or physical molds by using plaster. 

Once your molds are complete — it takes just a few minutes — your podiatrist forwards them to the podiatry lab. Custom orthotic fabrication takes just a few weeks. 

Your podiatrist at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists may schedule you for a follow-up visit to ensure your orthotics fit properly. They need to ensure that the orthotics are functioning as intended, so you can experience optimal comfort and serious pain relief. 

Book your orthotics exam at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists directly through the website. You can also call either location to speak with a team member