Custom Orthotics Specialist

Pro-Active Medical Center

Medical Center located in Niceville, FL

Custom orthotic insoles can help your feet and back feel more comfortable, especially if you have foot or postural issues contributing to your discomfort. Brian Schuessler, DC, provides custom orthotics at Pro-Active Medical Center to help you feel your best. Located in Niceville, Florida, Dr. Schuessler works with you to take accurate measurements of your feet for the best fit possible. To schedule a visit, call or click to book an appointment online today.

Custom Orthotics Q & A

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are a type of custom insole that is worn inside your shoe to support the arch and sole of your foot. Custom orthotics are made using computer scans or impressions of your foot for a personalized, comfortable fit. The goal of custom orthotics is to provide support to your foot where you need it for greater comfort, which can also help to relieve pain in the ankles, knees, hips, and lower back.

What are the benefits of custom orthotics?

Compared to insoles you can buy at your local drugstore or sporting goods store, custom orthotics are designed to fit your foot precisely and add cushion or rigid support where it’s needed most. Over-the-counter insoles typically only provide cushion or arch support and often don’t fit well against the sole of your foot or inside your shoe.

Custom orthotics can also be designed to be worn inside specific shoes, such as work shoes, athletic shoes, and even ballet flats or high heels. This allows you to get the support you need during the activities that tend to cause you discomfort, such as walking, standing for long periods, or running.

When are orthotics recommended?

Custom orthotics are recommended when you have certain foot conditions, such as:

  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Foot pain
  • Flatfoot or fallen arches
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Hammertoes

Dr. Schuessler may also recommend orthotics if you have a condition in your ankle, knee, hip, or lower back that can benefit from better support of your feet. In these cases, orthotics can address muscle imbalances in the feet and ankles that aggravate these other conditions. Orthotics create a level surface — like the base of a column — for support of the rest of your body, which can reduce muscle tension, improve posture, and help you feel more comfortable overall.

When should I wear my orthotics?

Dr. Schuessler recommends that you wear your orthotics during specific activities — like running or exercising — or throughout your workday if you stand for long periods. Typically, it’s best to get used to your orthotics by wearing them for one to two hours a day for the first week you have them, then gradually increasing the amount of time you wear them each day.

Taking time to adapt to your new orthotics can prevent foot soreness associated with the adaptation process. This process typically takes a couple of weeks, but then you can wear your orthotics as much as needed.

To set up a custom orthotic consultation, call Pro-Active Medical Center or book online now.