Orthotics Specialist

Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics

Podiatry located in Hoffman Estates, Arlington Heights, and Chicago, IL

If pain or deformities in your feet, back, or joints start to affect the way you walk, customized treatment devices called orthotics can help redistribute pressure and relieve pain. At Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics in Hoffman Estates, Arlington Heights, and the Norwood Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, expert podiatric specialists Khalid Husain, DPM, Gene Choi, DPM, Jennifer Kirchens, DPM, and Christina Sarantopoulos, DPM, design orthotics with lasting, quality materials to the exact contours of your feet. To find out if orthotics can help you, call your nearest Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics location or book your visit online today.

Orthotics Q & A

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are custom-crafted inserts for your shoes that help optimize the way you walk and relieve certain pains and pressures. The team at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics designs your orthotics to match the unique shape of your feet to treat any foot- and walking-related conditions that you have. 

There are two types of prescription orthotics, and your provider decides which type you need:

Functional orthotics

Functional orthotics are made of semi-rigid materials and help optimize your movement. They treat movement-related injuries like shin splints, ankle sprains, or bursitis.

Accommodative orthotics

Accommodative orthotics are soft and cushy. They relieve pressure from injuries and conditions affecting the bottom of your foot that need cushioning, like calluses and ulcers. 

What are the benefits of using orthotics?

Using orthotics can help treat problems in your feet, ankles, legs, or even your back. The team at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics often prescribe them to help patients walk properly, relieve pain from certain conditions, and correct foot deformities. Your podiatrist may prescribe custom orthotics to help treat:

  • Joint pain
  • Back pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Flat feet
  • Hammertoes
  • Heel spurs
  • Bunions

Orthotics provide your bones and joints with a little extra support. Often, using your custom orthotics diligently can help you avoid surgery and other costly corrective procedures. They may be part of a bigger, more comprehensive treatment plan that includes anti-inflammatory medications, joint wrapping, and ankle braces. 

How are my orthotics made?

At Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics, the team creates your custom orthotics with state-of-the-art technologies, allowing unmatched precision in measurements. Unlike the shoe inserts you can get at your local drugstore or pharmacy, these professionally made orthotics are designed specifically for your unique feet. 

To make your orthotics, the team uses specialized computer scanners to measure your feet and record their contours. The orthotics are crafted using high-end materials that won’t wear down easily, no matter how much you walk on them. Even so, if you lose your orthotics or need replacements for any reason, the team can easily use the computerized information to create a brand new pair for you.

If you have foot, joint, or back problems that inhibit your walking, call Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics or book a consultation for custom orthotics online today.