If you experience foot pain, plantar fasciitis, uneven leg length, flat feet, or simply are looking to improve your balance and athletic performance, custom orthotics may be a solution for you.
Bloomington Wellness Center provides computerized digital foot and gait analysis, plus a knowledgeable evaluation of foot biomechanics and individual use requirements. We customize our superior-quality foot orthotics for either adults or children.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an 0rthotic?
An ‘orthotic’ is a shoe insert designed to restore your natural foot function. Many biomechanical complaints such as heel pain, knee pain, and lower back pain are caused by poor foot function. Orthotics restore natural foot function by realigning the foot and ankle bones to their neutral position, helping to alleviate problems in other parts of the body as well.
Orthotics also provide shock absorption and promote a more even bodyweight distribution, taking pressure off of sore spots such as the ball of the foot, corns in between the toes, and bunions.
Who needs orthotics?
Adults and children with foot pain (plantar fasciitis), flat feet, heel pain, knee pain, and shin pain all benefit from orthotic use. Numerous biomechanical benefits have also been observed for athletes and those who spend many hours on their feet.
Can you wear orthotics throughout daily activities?
Yes. People who stand or walk all day will benefit from orthotics. If you suffer from pain during any form of sport or exercise, orthotics can reduce the pain associated with your condition. Orthotics can also help to counteract extra stress placed on the feet of overweight individuals.
What specific conditions are helped by orthotics?
Conditions addressed by orthotics include Achilles tendonitis, corns, metatarsalgia, sesamoiditis, ankle sprains, flat feet, neuroma, tendonitis, arch pain, heel pain, pronation, top of the foot pain, bunions, knee pain, shin pain, and toe pain. Since an imbalance in your feet can alter the bony structure of your feet and lower legs, foot orthotics may eliminate posture problems and foot and leg pain.
Do I need a physician’s prescription to get custom orthotics?
No. Chiropractors are primary health care professionals and therefore do not need a physician’s referral. Only a professional, such as a chiropractor, can properly determine if you require orthotics.
Why do I need orthotics?
Imbalances in the bones of the feet can result in abnormal foot motion called overpronation. Overpronation can impair foot function, which may result in abnormal rotation of the legs and sometimes affects the knees, hips, or back. Orthotics help correct the large structural problems caused by small foot imbalances.
How long will my orthotics last?
Usually, orthotics last between 12 to 36 months. Often orthotics can be recovered for a nominal fee to extend their life.
Does it take time to get used to orthotics?
Feet need time to adjust to the correct biomechanical (walking) position that orthotics impose. Initially, orthotics should be used gradually: during the first 48 hours of use, wear orthotics for approximately 3-4 hours. Throughout your first week of use, we recommend that you wear orthotics for 6-8 hours a day. In the second week of use, the orthotics can be worn all day.
Does my insurance cover orthotics?
Health insurance plans sometimes do cover orthotics, but our quality, custom-made products only cost about $295. Most people will get years of use out of their orthotics, making the investment worthwhile. HSA and medical spending accounts cover the cost of orthotics almost without exception. Existing chiropractic patients are provided a complimentary gait analysis and consultation, non-BWC clients just $39. (Available in Bloomington)