Custom Orthotics Specialists in Illinois
Orthotic foot inserts are useful for many different lower body conditions. Orthotic inserts replace the lining of your shoes and are tailored to alleviate your specific foot pain. IBJI knows that no two feet are the same and that each patient requires their own unique solution. Our podiatrists and physical therapists can evaluate your needs and find the appropriate foot orthotics.
When Are Custom Orthotics Necessary?
If you experience pain in your feet, hips, knees, or back, orthotic inserts may be able to help. A great solution recommended by IBJI’s physicians and physical therapists, orthotic inserts can make standing for extended periods of time a painless task. Foot orthotics purchased at the pharmacy can only provide short-term relief. These products are not custom fitted, making it difficult for them to treat pain at the root cause. For long-term relief, find an IBJI location near you to enjoy walking again; we would love to see you comfortably back on your feet.
Custom Orthotics Fitting at IBJI
Finding the right foot inserts with IBJI will provide immediate relief for your pain. During your appointment for Orthotic Fabrication, an orthotic specialist will perform an in-depth gait analysis and biomechanical evaluation to determine which type of orthotic will achieve the best results. Some devices are meant to provide cushioning to alleviate pressure in a certain joint, while other orthotics offer motion control for a specific range of motion. Once your specific need is determined, either a Casted or Heat-Molded Orthotic will be recommended.
Cast moldings require a plaster cast mold of your feet. After the casts dry, they are sent to a biomechanical lab to have the custom molds professionally manufactured. The devices are fabricated based on the recommendations made by the orthotic specialist and the cast replica of the foot. Casted orthotics may take up to 3 weeks to receive and are durable for 5-7 years.
When you receive your orthotic devices, your fitter will discuss the proper time frame for you to break in the new devices. The orthotics will alter the weight-bearing surfaces of the foot, so your body will need a brief period to adapt to these changes. A typical program starts with 1-2 hours the first day of implementation with a gradual increase in hours each day. You should never wear the devices for exercise or sports activities until you are comfortable in them for an entire day.
Heat Molded Orthotics
During your consultation with an IBJI orthotic specialist, it is possible they will recommend an alternative to casted orthotics and instead fit a patient with a customizable off the shelf orthotic. This type of device allows the fitter to trial several options with you, to determine which is the best fit. Next, the orthotic will be heated and molded to your arch, along with any extra modifications to specifically fit your foot. Patients will leave the office with you new orthotics the same day.