Andrew R. Harrison, DPM
Podiatrist located in San Jose, CA & Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA
Custom orthotics can treat a wide range of foot and ankle problems, and you might be surprised just how accessible they can be. At Andrew R. Harrison, DPM, MS, in the Lower Pacific Heights area of San Francisco and San Jose, California, Dr. Harrison and the team can help you determine to the penny whether your medical insurance covers orthotics, so you know exactly your out-of-pocket costs. Learn more about orthotics by calling the office in your area or clicking the online scheduler.
Custom Orthotics Q&A
What are custom orthotics?
Custom orthotics are prescription corrective inserts made just for your feet. If you have a chronic foot or ankle issue, custom orthotics may be one aspect of your treatment plan.
Medical providers typically classify custom orthotics as durable medical equipment (DME), which means they're similar to other kinds of medical equipment you need to stay healthy and mobile.
When would I need custom orthotics?
Common conditions that might benefit from custom orthotics include:
- Heel pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Achilles tendinitis
- Foot arthritis
- Ankle instability
Professional and amateur athletes sometimes wear custom orthotics to perfect their stride, positioning, or form during physical activity.
How are custom orthotics created?
When you come in for a custom orthotics assessment, bring the shoes that you wear most on a daily basis. Dr. Harrison can check these shoes for specific wear patterns that may indicate issues like flat feet.
After a thorough foot and ankle exam, Dr. Harrison makes molds of your feet. He then studies these molds to determine precisely what adjustments you need for improved foot function and pain relief. Dr. Harrison then designs new orthotics for your particular specifications.
A DME lab produces your new orthotics. Dr. Harrison checks the fit and makes minor adjustments to ensure that they correct your foot or ankle problem as effectively as possible.
How do I wear custom orthotics?
Generally, it's as simple as sliding them into your shoes. Most orthotics run the length of your shoe, covering the entire sole. Some types of orthotics just sit within the heel, upper foot, mid-foot, or toe area.
How long will my custom orthotics last?
It depends on several things, including how often you wear them and the material they're made of. Hard orthotics, which help control foot motion, can potentially last for years. Soft orthotics, which offer support, may last for a year or more.
Worn-down orthotics aren't nearly as effective, and they could put your feet at risk. Dr. Harrison checks your orthotics at every appointment to make sure they're still effective.
If your feet constantly hurt or if you have a chronic foot or ankle problem, custom orthotics could help. Dr. Harrison can help determine your medical coverage before you commit, so why wait? Call Andrew R. Harrison, DPM, MS, or book an appointment with the online scheduler.