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Orthotics Specialist

Wake Foot and Ankle Center

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Wake Forest, NC

Problems with your feet or ankles can drastically limit your mobility and affect other areas like your hips, knees, and back. At Wake Foot and Ankle Center in Wake Forest, North Carolina, leading podiatrists James Judge, DPM, and Michael Hodos, DPM, use custom orthotics to address a wide range of foot and ankle problems. If you suffer from pain or discomfort in your feet, legs, or ankles, book an appointment by phone or online today to find out if custom orthotics are right for you.

Orthotics Q & A

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are a safe, nonsurgical way to address a wide range of foot and ankle problems. Orthotics are custom shoe inserts that are made specifically for your feet. Orthotics are commonly used to relieve pain and discomfort associated with your feet or legs. 

They are often combined with other nonsurgical treatments as a part of a comprehensive treatment plan. The goal of orthotics is to relieve pain and improve the function of your feet and ankles. 

How do orthotics work?

Orthotics work by realigning your feet and reducing certain movements that contribute to your discomfort. Orthotics help bring your feet into proper alignment and relieve stress on your feet, ankles, legs, and other areas. Unlike over-the-counter orthotics, custom orthotics are made from molds of your feet and designed to address your specific condition. Custom orthotics are based on the size, shape, and structure of your feet, and can be constructed from a number of materials like plastic or carbon fiber.

What conditions can be treated with custom orthotics?

Wake Forest Foot and Ankle provides custom orthotics for a wide range of podiatric conditions, including:

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

Orthotics help correct the position of your feet, improving your mobility and relieving your discomfort. They improve the function of your foot and ankles and help prevent injuries and further damage to the structures in your feet. Wearing ill-fitting orthotics can increase the stress on your feet and lead to further complications. The highly skilled podiatrists at Wake Forest Foot and Ankle take the time to develop the right custom orthotics for your condition. 

What should I expect during my appointment?

Before you receive your custom orthotics, your podiatrist performs a thorough evaluation, including a physical exam and imaging tests. You and your doctor discuss your symptoms as well as any steps you take to relieve your pain. During the physical exam, your podiatrist checks your feet for any deformities, tenderness, or other abnormalities. Imaging tests like an X-ray or MRI allow your doctor to identify issues like arthritis or bone fractures. 

Once you’ve been diagnosed, your podiatrist takes molds of your feet and sends them off to a lab that constructs your custom shoe inserts. Once they come in, your podiatrist ensures they’re a perfect fit and instructs you on proper use. To find out if orthotics are right for your foot or ankle problem, call to book an appointment online today.