Custom Orthotics Specialist

Ankle & Foot Specialists

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Norwood Park, Chicago, IL

To correct foot problems, reduce pain, and improve your range of motion safely, custom orthotics are an excellent and easy-to-use solution. At Ankle & Foot Specialists in Chicago, Illinois, professional podiatrists James Elipas, DPM, and John Flanagan, DPM, use the most advanced orthotics design practices to make orthotics for your distinctive needs. Call the Norwood Park office or use online booking to learn how orthotics can change your life today.

Custom Orthotics

What is a custom orthotic device?

A custom orthotic is a prescription device that enhances your foot function, supports your foot, or both. Most custom orthotics are shaped for the bottom of your foot, so you place them in your shoes. 

Foot & Ankle Specialists creates custom orthotics using pinpoint-specific measurements of your feet, which means that your custom orthotics perfectly fit your foot and no one else's. Just like eyeglasses or contact lenses have a prescription for your eyes, your orthotics contain a prescription for your feet.

What foot conditions do custom orthotics treat?

Custom orthotics can stabilize your joints, reduce pressure, relieve swelling, shift feet and ankle bones into optimal alignment, improve your balance, and even optimize athletic performance. Some of the many conditions that orthotics can treat include:

  • Ankle instability
  • Foot and ankle arthritis
  • Bunions
  • Flat feet
  • Hammertoe
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Shin splints
  • Slow-healing wounds
  • Diabetic ulcers

Orthotics can also help with chronic back, knee, or leg pain.

What are custom orthotics made from?

Orthotic composition varies by the role it plays in treatment.

Soft orthotics

Soft orthotics are cushioned orthotics made from soft and springy materials like foam and vinyl. They're the go-to choice for problems like diabetic foot ulcers and other foot problems that cause tender or painful areas on your feet. 

Semirigid orthotics

Semirigid orthotics are a mix of soft and hard materials. Generally, a semirigid orthotic has a layer of soft material touching your foot with a hard layer beneath it. These orthotics can improve balance and optimize physical activity.

Rigid orthotics

Rigid orthotics are usually made of hard materials like graphite composite or plastic. They control foot joint function and could be a good option for the treatment of chronic pain in your lower body.

Ankle & Foot Specialists meticulously analyzes your particular foot and ankle problems, your diagnostic tests, and all aspects of your foot and ankle challenges to determine which custom orthotic offers you the most benefit. 

Ankle & Foot Specialists offers custom orthotics in a welcoming setting, so don’t wait to reach out to the expert podiatric care team by phone or through online scheduling today.