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Orthotics Specialist

Washington Foot & Ankle Sports Medicine

Podiatry & Sports Medicine Physicians located in Kirkland, WA

Orthotics are custom-made inserts that are designed to cradle your foot in a way that alleviates pain, restores balance, and promotes good posture. Skilled podiatrists at Washington Foot & Ankle Sports Medicine in Kirkland, Washington can make custom orthotics that will immediately help your feet feel better, correct problems in your gait, and help you to use the proper muscles to move. To set up a consultation for custom-made orthotics, call Washington Foot & Ankle Sports Medicine today or book your appointment online.

Orthotics Q & A

How do I know if orthotics can help me?

Custom orthotics have helped millions of people to put their bones, tendons, and ligaments into healthy, pain-free alignment. Orthotics have helped people who suffer from:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Corns
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Sesamoiditis
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Flat Feet
  • Neuroma
  • Tendonitis
  • Arch Pain
  • Heel Pain
  • Pronation
  • Supination
  • Top of the foot pain
  • Bunions
  • Knee Pain
  • Shin Pain
  • Toe Pain
  • Posture problems
  • Foot pain
  • Leg pain

How do you measure for orthotics?

Making custom orthotics is a simple process. A podiatrist at Washington Foot & Ankle Sports Medicine foot will capture the shape of your foot using a mold, laser scan, or foam box. An orthotic is then created that corrects any misalignments that are causing dysfunction and resulting pain. When the orthotic arrives, Washington Foot & Ankle Sports Medicine makes sure it fits and creates a schedule that allows your feet and body to adapt to the custom orthotics.

How often do I need to wear my orthotics?

Orthotics allow the muscles, tendons, and bones of the feet and lower legs to function at their best, so the more you wear them, the more you’ll get out of them. In fact, many people will own more than one pair of custom orthotics since we tend to wear more than one pair of shoes over the course of the day.

How long do orthotics last?

The usable lifespan of an orthotic varies. Materials used, personal activity, age, foot structure, and physical condition all affect the usable life of an orthotic. If your symptoms return, it’s time to have your orthotics examined to determine if new ones are needed.

Do I need custom-made orthotics?

Store-bought insoles (sometimes mistakenly called orthotics) are mass-produced, cushioned inserts. They are typically inexpensive, poorly made, and, at best, provide some temporary pain relief in more minor cases. They seldom provide corrective or lasting treatment for chronic foot issues.

Can using orthotics make my foot muscles weaker?

Custom orthotics help position your feet so you use the right muscles at the right time. They allow the muscles in your feet to function more efficiently, which eases fatigue. Orthotics will not reduce muscle tone. In fact, since they promote pain-free activity, they help build muscle by promoting a healthy, active lifestyle.

Contact Washington Foot & Ankle Sports Medicine in Kirkland, Washington, by phone or online today to see if custom orthotics can get your muscles, tendons, and ligaments back into alignment to help you lead a healthier, more active lifestyle free of pain.