FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
What are Foot Orthotics?
Foot orthoses (commonly called “orthotics”) are devices inserted into shoes to provide support for the foot by redistributing ground reaction forces acting on the foot joints while standing, walking or running. They may be either pre-molded (also called pre-fabricated) or custom made according to a cast or impression of the foot. They are used by everyone from athletes to the elderly to accommodate biomechanical deformities and a variety of soft tissue conditions.
How do I know if I need Orthotics?
Custom-made foot orthoses are effective at reducing pain for people with painful high-arched feet, and may be effective for people with rheumatoid arthritis, plantar fasciitis or hallux valgus (“bunions”). For children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) custom-made and pre-fabricated foot orthoses may also reduce foot pain. Foot orthoses may also be used in conjunction with properly fitted Orthopaedic footwear in the prevention of foot ulcers in the at-risk diabetic foot.
Will my Orthotics fit into any of my shoes?
Not all shoes, but, depending on the shoe, orthotics may be moveable from shoe to shoe depending on the room inside the shoe. In addition, orthotics are made in different lengths, three-quarter, half and full-length. It’s optimal the shoe have a removable insole to provide room for orthotics.
What's the lifespan of Orthotics?
The lifespan of your orthotics will vary based on your weight and your lifestyle (how active you are.)
Does insurance cover Orthotics?
Though it depends on your insurance, most insurance plans do not cover foot orthotics or Pedorthist services. In the case your insurance does cover foot orthotics, a prescription from your doctor may be required. It’s best to contact your insurance provider in advance to determine the type of coverage provided for prescription footwear and foot orthotics prior to scheduling your appointment. You should also ask if you can use an orthotic lab that is out of network.