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Why our Orthotics are Better than a Prefab

On March 24th, 2012, posted in: Orthotics News by admin

 

Orthotics is a very broad term. It can range from an off the shelf device that is built to fit an average foot (if there is one) with a very minor problem. There are some prefab orthotics that do make a effort to fit the foot better, example Dr. Schools sold at Wal-Mart, But they come in about 15 sizes but again there are a lot more than 15 different sizes and type of feet. At Customorthotics.com each of our orthotics are made to fit the person’s feet. We do this by providing each person when they order an impression kit. This is a box with two slabs of foam that has been designed for taking impressions of feet. There is a video on our website which shows how to take the impression. It is not hard, messy, and only takes about one minute. This is the same procedure that is used when you go to a Podiatrist or Physical Therapist. The impressions are poured with a casting plaster, and we have an exact duplicate to fabricate your orthotics from. There are many different steps that done to finish a truly custom pair of orthotics. Are prices are low, because you are paying only the lab fee. The price that the Doctor would pay a lab to have them made. So why spend money on an orthotic that sort of fits your feet, when you can have a pair that are made just for you. Our prices start at $89.95, which is money well spent to help alleviate your foot problems. Give us a call today on our toll free number 800-500-2909 and we can answer your questions.

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Orthotics and Bunions

On March 3rd, 2012, posted in: Orthotics News by admin

 

Orthotics | Orthotics and Bunions

A Bunion is an enlargement and displacement of the joint of the big toe. It is often associated with the big toe moving towards the smaller toes. Sometimes the big toes can move so far that it crowds the smaller toes, and often the second to will overlap the big toe. This is caused by a biomechanical problem in the foot. There is a muscle in the lower leg called the peroneus longus. It runs along the outside of the lower leg, goes under the ankle bone on the outside, then it runs under the arch of the foot, and attaches at the base of the First Metatarsal. When this muscle fires or contracts it pulls on this Metatarsal bone to keep it held in place. As the foot flattens out more than it should the angle that this muscle pulls is changed, and it becomes less effective. The Metatarsal bone will move out from the pressure, and the toe will begin to buckle due to the forces.
Orthotics will never correct the Bunion if it has already formed. They can help the bunion from getting any worse, and they can also prevent the problem from occurring by balancing up the foot biomechanically. This will return the pull of this muscle to normal angle, thus preventing the big toe from drifting.

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Problems Orthotics Can Help

On February 28th, 2012, posted in: Orthotics News by admin

 

Orthotics | Problems Orthotics Can Help

The foot is a complicated part of the body, which has the potential for many different problems.  Some people have compared the feet to the foundation of a building.  When the foundation begins to collapse it can cause problems to the top of the building.

Bio-mechanical problems with the feet can bring on numerous problems.  They can range from feet that the arch collapses to feet that have very high arches.   When the arch collapses it will put abnormal strain on many of the structures of the foot and legs,  Some of the most common problems that we see are: Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Pain, Arch Pain, Pain in the Ball of the Foot, Neuromas which come from a pinched nerve between the Metatarsal Heads, Tired Feet, Pain when standing, and many others. Orthotics can be very effective for treating these types of problems.  They balance the feet, so that the joints all fit together the best, and the foot will function properly.  This may also help problems further up the body.

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Custom Orthotics

On February 28th, 2012, posted in: Orthotics News by admin

 

What are Custom Orthotics

There are many different types of Orthotics, from over the counter products that you can buy at the grocery store to Custom fabricated orthotics that are made from an impression of your feet.    The typical over the counter or store bought orthotics are made with a few different sizes.  They are not designed for a person who has minor problems.  They come in different sizes and are made from a form that is designed to fit the average person, whatever that is?

To obtain a pair of Custom Orthotics it is necessary to have an impression made of your feet.  From this impression a duplicate of your feet of your feet is created.  This is then used to balance up the foot bio-mechanically . from this a Custom Orthotic can be fabricated.

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Orthotics for Morton’s Neuroma

On February 28th, 2012, posted in: Orthotics News by admin

 

Orthotics | Custom Orthotics for Morton’s Neuroma

Morton’s Neuroma  is a condition where there is pain in the ball of the foot, which sometimes radiates up into the toes.  It is most commonly found in the area just behind the third and fourth toes.  This is caused by the nerve being pinched between the Metatarsal Heads in this area.  In response to this irritation of the nerve there will be a buildup of the Schwan layer of the nerve.  This is the outside cells that protect the nerve.  As this happens the nerve will be pinched even more, and the problem gets worse. This problem can become very painful.  The treatment of a neuroma can range from the use of Orthotics, injections  to surgery.  The way that orthotics can help with this problem is they are used to spread the Metatarsal heads, and reduce the pinching of the nerve.  A metatarsal pad, which is a tear drop shape soft pad,  that is applied to the orthotic just behind the metatarsal head.  It applies soft pressure which will give the nerve area to reduce the pinching,  and allow the inflammation of the nerve to reduce.  Orthotics can be a very effective treatment for Morton’s Neuroma if used correctly and is more effective if used at the beginning of the problem.  If you are experiencing this problem you can give us a call on our toll free number ( 800-500-2909)  to discuss this.

 

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Orthotics and how they are made…

On February 28th, 2012, posted in: Orthotics News by admin

 

How Our Custom Orthotics Made?

We have been asked numerous times, because of the price of our orthotics , are they really a custom made orthotic, or are they prefabricated that have been made to like custom orthotics. First let us reassure you, they are custom orthotics. When we receive the impression kit back from the person who has ordered, we fill it full of a casting plaster, and let it harden. We then remove it from the foam, we clean it up and do an evaluation on the feet. If there is a bio-mechanical problem, we will make modifications to the cast of their feet. When the cast are ready a sheet of ultra high molecular polyethylene plastic, (which is a thermo plastic, which means it get soft when is heated), is formed over this corrected cast. It is allowed to cool, and the grinding portion of the process begins. This semi-rigid plastic shell is ground to end just behind the ball of the foot, come up into the arch and cup around the heel. There are several different grinding steps to produce a smooth finished product. Then the top cover is applied. There are several different types of top cover. There are soft top covers, hypoallergenic plain vinyl and full length. The different top covers are used for different needs. From this point the orthotics are checked and sent off to the customer.

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Orthotics Article on Plantar Fasciitis

 

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common problems that custom orthotics are used for. The plantar fascia is a band that runs from the heel bone to the ball of the foot. This band is made of a flat fibrous tissue. It has a limited ability to stretch. It looks very much like fiberglass packing tape. Its function is to help support the foot and keep it from flattening out too much. Where there is abnormal pressure put on this band from the foot pronating or flattening out too much, it will become inflamed and pain will be produced.

The pain is most often located on the bottom inside of the foot in the area where the arch just begins. It can radiate up into the arch and can go all the way up into the metatarsal area. This condition can become almost unbearable.

The problem comes because of the pressure that is put on the plantar fascia. This band will pull away from it’s insertion on the heel, and acts almost like a very small fracture. The body reacts to this with inflammation, and it will begin to lay down calcium to repair the small tear. After time this continuous laying down of calcium can cause a heel spur to form. It is not the spur itself that causes this pain, but the process that is going on.

Custom Orthotics

Custom Orthotics will help support the arch, take the pressure off, and allow the plantar fascia to repair, and the inflammation to subside.

Other Help Options

Ice, stretching and oral anti inflammatory medications will also help with this problem. Often a doctor will give the person a cortisone injection to help reduce the inflamation, but often the use of orthotics will alleviate this problem.