Bay Area Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic
Foot and Ankle Surgeons & Sports Medicine located in San Jose, CA
When foot and ankle problems are plaguing your life, custom orthotics can help significantly. In San Jose, California, Jack Guan, DPM, and his team at Bay Area Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic offer custom orthotics for numerous foot and ankle issues. Custom orthotics are excellent tools to improve your mobility and decrease foot and ankle pain. If you’re interested in this treatment, call the office today, or book an appointment using the online booking tool.
Custom Orthotics Q & A
What are custom orthotics?
Custom orthotics are specially designed foot inserts that help with both the comfort and the support of your feet and ankles. Unlike over-the-counter shoe inserts, orthotics are specifically molded to your foot.
There are functional custom orthotics and accommodative custom orthotics. Functional orthotics help with atypical movement in your foot. They’re often made of harder materials, such as plastics.
The design of accommodative orthotics offers maximum support to your shoes. They are soft and help with painful conditions like ulcers and calluses on your foot.
Why do you need custom orthotics?
Custom orthotics are an excellent option for many foot and ankle conditions that cause mobility issues or pain. Some of the problems that Dr. Guan prescribes custom orthotics for include:
- Ankle instability
- Heel pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Flat feet
- Achilles tendonitis
Custom orthotics can also help with neuromas, bursitis of the foot, and diabetic foot ulcers. There are even custom orthotics for athletes, which reduce the strain on feet and help the efficiency of tendons and ligaments.
What is the process for custom orthotics?
Dr. Guan thoroughly examines your feet and shoes to look for patterns that indicate specific problems, like arch issues. This helps him ascertain your individual needs.
Dr. Guan takes 3D imaging of your feet, which shows him any structural issues he needs to address. Molds are then made of each foot and sent off to a lab. The lab creates the custom orthotics and sends them back to be fitted by Dr. Guan and the team.
Do the custom orthotics last forever?
Rigid orthotics and soft orthotics last for different amounts of time. Their lifespan depends on how often you wear them and your specific foot condition.
Rigid orthotics may last for years, whereas softer orthotics may only last several months to a year. It’s essential to bring your orthotics to your appointments so Dr. Guan can examine them.
Worn-down orthotics may do more harm than good. Renewing your custom orthotics keeps your feet and ankles healthy and your mobility intact.
If you’d like to learn more about custom orthotics, don’t hesitate to call the office in San Jose, California, or book a consultation online.
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