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Orthotics Specialist

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Orthotics services offered in Elgin, Schaumburg, Huntley and Chicago, IL

Orthotics offer the chance to improve numerous foot conditions without surgical intervention. Custom orthotics are available from the podiatrists at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists, with offices in Elgin, Schaumburg, Huntley, and the Montclare neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. To learn more about how orthotics can help you get back on your feet, book a visit online or over the phone today.


What are orthotics?

Virtually every drugstore and many big box stores contain an aisle with various types of shoe inserts that promise to deliver a range of benefits. Like inserts, orthotics are worn inside your shoes, but they’re custom-made to align with your needs and the unique contours of your feet. 

These prescription medical devices are only available from a physician. Functional orthotics are designed to change the motion that happens when you walk or run, and accommodative orthotics are designed to provide extra padding or cushioning as well as additional support.  

Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists offers a wide range of orthotics to meet a wide range of podiatric needs. Rigid, semi-rigid, and soft options are available. The process begins with a computerized scan of your feet so your orthotics can be customized with precision. 

High-quality, customized ankle and foot braces are also available, and they work to increase support and stability. The right brace can reduce your risk of injury and support your foot or ankle during healing. 

What foot health issues can orthotics improve?

Custom orthotics can improve numerous foot conditions. They’re often prescribed as an initial treatment option because there’s no recovery time associated with wearing orthotics. 

Foot issues that can be treated using custom orthotics include:

  • Back pain
  • Arthritis
  • Hammertoe
  • Heel spurs
  • Bunions
  • Flat feet
  • High arches
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bursitis

Orthotics can also help relieve pressure on diabetic foot ulcers, making it easier for these wounds to heal. 

What are the benefits of using custom orthotics?

Many people choose to try orthotics as an initial treatment approach because they hope to correct a painful foot condition without going through surgery. Surgical intervention usually requires you to take time off from work and alters your routines during the recovery process. 

Others use orthotics to resolve an issue before it develops into a serious foot health problem. This is especially helpful when a foot condition is caused by the distribution of weight across the surface of your foot. 

Once your podiatrist prescribes your orthotics, your feedback plays an important role in the process. Be sure to let them know if your orthotics are causing you discomfort or damaging the tissues in your feet. Adjustments can be made to make your orthotics more comfortable. 

When you’re ready to learn more about prescription orthotics, booking a visit is as simple as a phone call to Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists or a few moments on the online scheduling page.