Custom Made Orthotics
Handmade for over 30 Years
For a little over three decades, our chief podiatrist, Dr. Edward Lang, has evaluated and treated a variety of deformities of the foot and ankle, and custom-made orthotics are an invaluable resource in his approach to conservative care.
What Are Custom-Made Orthotics?
Custom-made orthotics are shoe inserts that our podiatrist and his team design and make specifically to the contour of your feet. They are often recommended to increase efficiency of body biomechanics by maintaining alinement and gait.
How They Are Made
- A thorough examination of your foot and medical history, including a biomechanics and/or gait analysis.
- An analysis of how your foot pronates or supinates during movement.
- A three-D scan or a casting of your feet is obtained in our office.
- Patient information is shared with our certified pedorthist who will mill wooden models of the patient's feet. The devices are crafted to those models within a millimeter differential. The wooden models are stored for five years and are available for future use if needed.
- Once received, modifications are sometimes necessary to perfect user function and comfort.
Conditions for Which We Most Often Prescribe Custom-Made Orthotics
- Generalized foot pain, including arthritis , calluses , and hammertoes
- Limb length discrepancy
- Plantar fasciitis (heel pain)
- Posterior tibial dysfunction
- Rear-foot valgus, in which the back of the foot curves outward at the ankle joint
- Stabilization and reduction of bunion pain
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
For the Pediatric Patient
If properly diagnosed and treated during childhood, it has been estimated that over 70% of foot deformities could be corrected by adulthood. Children who are "pigeon-toed," who walk on their toes, or who over-pronate when they walk are often candidates for custom-made orthotics.
Conditions for Which We Most Often Prescribe Custom-Made Orthotics for Pediatric Patients
- Flat feet and equines gait (toe walkers)
- In-toeing- the feet turn inward instead of pointing straight ahead when a child walks or runs (pigeon toes)
- Knock knees
- Limb length discrepancy
- Out-toeing- the feet turn outward instead of pointing straight ahead when a child walks or runs
- Rear-foot valgus, placing weight on the inside of the foot
- Rear-foot varus, placing weight on the outside of the foot
For more information on custom-made orthotics, call New Orleans Podiatry Associates in New Orleans, LA, at (504) 897-3627. For the Metairie, LA, location, call (504) 457-2300.