Orthotics and Bracing

What is a CUSTOM ORTHOTIC?

A Custom Orthotic is a custom-made insert that fits inside your shoe and has the capacity to:

  • re-align the foot
  • accommodate deformity
  • improve functionality
  • decrease pain and suffering
  • restore balance
  • reduce risk of injury and falls

Custom Orthotics can be prescribed to treat a wide variety of foot and ankle problems:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Neuromas
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Sesamoiditis
  • Shin splints
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Bunions
  • Knee pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

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Isn’t a Custom Orthotic just the same as the ones in the store?

Take the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) QUIZ to find out:

1. Orthotics have been proven to be highly successful when used properly and under the treatment of a podiatrist, a physician who specializes in the care of feet and ankles.

True. Clinical research studies have shown that podiatrist-prescribed foot orthotics decrease foot pain and improve function.

2. Shoe inserts bought at retail stores are basically the same thing as orthotics.

False. Insoles may temporarily relieve pain, but they are not truly customized to the individual and therefore not as effective as orthotics prescribed, created, and provided by a podiatrist.

3. Today’s Podiatrist is the most experienced medical professional to prescribe orthotics.

True. Podiatrists are the only physicians who focus exclusively on the foot and ankle. They are uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat foot-related problems.

4. Orthotics are very expensive and don’t last for a long period of time.

False. Orthotics typically cost more than insoles purchased in a retail store, but the additional cost (if not covered by insurance) is usually well worth it. Unlike insoles purchased at retail stores, orthotics are molded to fit each individual foot, so you can be sure that your orthotics fit properly and do what they were designed to do. Prescription orthotics are also made of top-notch materials and last many years when cared for properly. Insurance often helps pay for prescription orthotics.

What is BRACING and why is it prescribed?

Bracing can be used to treat sports injuries as well as pathology of the foot and ankle. Dr. Rosena takes an impression of the foot and ankle in order to obtain a custom fit.  Patients with the following conditions might benefit from custom bracing:

  • tendonitis
  • ankle instability
  • arthritis
  • drop foot
  • imbalance - bracing helps prevent falls in the elderly, and in those with a neurological disorder 

The photo on the right shows a woman wearing a device called a Richie Brace. This is just one example of custom braces Dr. Will Rosena prescribes. If you think you might be a candidate for bracing, please call the office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Will Rosena, DPM at (716) 692-1451.