Each pair of feet in this world is completely unique. No one on the planet has exactly the same feet as you. Unfortunately, that also means some feet are a little better than others atcustom orthotics Alexandria Podiatrist distributing weight and pressure and facilitating a comfortable, biomechanically sound stride. Combine inefficient foot structures or biomechanics with the hard, flat surfaces of modern society, and pain is the far-too-common result.

Fortunately, there is a solution: When your feet need a little extra support, cushioning, or even realignment to help you get through the day, custom orthotics are an excellent (and non-invasive) option.

Custom Orthotics: Precise Support for Your Unique Feet

Custom orthotics are shoe inserts that are made just for you, designed to give your feet exactly the right amounts of support, cushioning, and stability that they require in precisely the right locations. They are extremely versatile tools that can aid in the treatment of a wide variety of conditions. That's because many common foot problems, including most forms of heel pain, many sports injuries, diabetic ulcers, and even foot deformities like bunions, can be at least partially caused by structural or biomechanical issues with the feet.

The correct pair of custom orthotics not only alleviates pressure and pain acting on the feet but also puts your feet in better alignment with the ankles and legs. This can help you reduce pain throughout your legs, hips, and back.

During your initial appointment, we'll take an impression of your feet in their biomechanically optimal position and send it off to a lab for fabrication. You'll come in one more time to test the fit of your new orthotics, and we'll make any last-minute touch-up adjustments that may be needed to ensure the best possible fit and performance.

Custom Orthotics Vs. Store-Bought Inserts

Store insoles are made to provide a little extra cushioning or support for general, common foot shapes. They may provide temporary relief for people with very mild foot soreness, but they are not a customized, long-term solution.

To make an analogy, store-bought insoles are like off-the-shelf reading glasses, while custom orthotics are more like prescription glasses or contacts made just for you. While prefabs may be adequate for some people, custom orthotics can treat a much wider range of foot problems with much greater success.

Durability is another big factor. While most store-bought insoles will only last 3 to 6 months at most, a good pair of custom orthotics that are well cared for can often last 3 to 5 years or more. Additionally, when you consider the potential for insurance coverage and special discounts, custom orthotics can also be very affordable.

Custom Orthotics for Every Shoe and Activity

We strongly encourage our orthotics patients to have more than one pair in their collection. Having multiple pairs of orthotics offers several great benefits, including:

  • Greatly increased lifespan for each set of orthotics (since wear and tear is spread across multiple sets)
  • More convenient (no need to switch out orthotics when changing shoes)
  • Ability to pair orthotics to specific footwear or activities based on lifestyle (for example, having dedicated sets for casual shoes, dress shoes, sports, etc.)

Get a Second Pair at a Discount

Custom orthotics can be absolutely life-changing. In order to make this more affordable for patients who may not have insurance coverage for orthotics or whose insurance will only cover a single pair, we offer a second pair at a considerable discount. Patients who have already paid for their first pair of orthotics can come in within three months of their initial visit and purchase a second pair at our discounted self-pay rate of $185.

When you consider how long custom orthotics last, how effective they are at alleviating pain, and the potential health gains you can make when painful feet aren't holding you back, we think getting a second pair at this price is an absolute steal.

Are You Considering Custom Orthotics in Alexandria, VA?

If you are considering custom orthotics, you should reach out to an experienced podiatrist. Foot pain is never something you just have to put up with. If your feet are aching, out of alignment, or just aren't holding up to the wear and tear of modern living, Capital Podiatry Associates can help. Our office provides a wide variety of advanced, effective treatment options for all kinds of painful conditions. Regardless of whether we recommend custom orthotics as part of your treatment plan, you can rest assured that we will always put your needs first. Ready to schedule an appointment? Contact us online or call our Alexandria office at 703-560-3773.

Leland T. Gilmore, DPM
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Dr. Leland Gilmore is a compassionate and experienced foot and ankle specialist.