Orthotics are custom made footwear inserts that are used to alter or modify foot function and are designed to treat, adjust, and support various biomechanical foot disorders.
Your chiropractor is trained to conduct assessments for your custom orthotics. Your chiropractor will guide you through an extensive evaluation to ensure that orthotics are the best option and that they are properly designed to fit your needs. Your chiropractor will conduct a medical history review, an examination, a gait analysis, an orthotic evaluation. They will do a personalized casting and dispensing and will educate you on the product.
Medical History Review
A complete investigation and documentation of your medical history, symptoms and previous injuries. He or she will also take into consideration your lifestyle (occupation and activities) as well as your current and past footwear (fit, style, wear and pattern).
A hands-on evaluation of the lower limbs including foot structure, alignment, strength,range of motion, soft-tissue damage as well as identifying any abnormalities.
The provider will observe you walking to identify accommodations or abnormalities.
The provider will determine treatment options and explain how the treatments will address your specific needs.
Taking a mold ensures that your orthotic is made with all of the contours and structure of your foot. A proper cast is essential to create a truly custom-made orthotic. Casting techniques include foam box casting.
Custom-made orthotics should be fitted specifically for you and your footwear. The chiropractor will evaluate how you walk while wearing the orthotics. You may require a prescription from your family physician in order to be reimbursed for the cost of the orthotics.
The provider will educate you on things like breaking in your new orthotics, how long they should last you, as well as how they should fit. They will also help you become aware of any warning signs that the orthotics are not working properly. You will be instructed to return the custom orthotics if you experience any problems.