Summer Fun in RecoveryFoot pain is a common issue that affects people of all ages and backgrounds. It can be caused by injury, overuse, underlying medical conditions, and other factors. No matter the cause, foot pain can significantly impact daily activities and overall quality of life. Fortunately, custom orthotics can help provide much-needed relief.

At Lake Erie Podiatry, we specialize in custom orthotics tailored to each individual's needs. Our team of experienced podiatrists uses advanced technology and techniques to create orthotics that effectively address foot pain and improve overall foot function.

What are Custom Orthotics?

Custom orthotics are shoe inserts specifically designed for a person's feet. They can correct imbalances, support the arches, and cushion high-pressure areas. Unlike over-the-counter shoe inserts, custom orthotics are specifically made for each individual based on their foot shape, gait pattern, and underlying conditions. This ensures maximum effectiveness in alleviating foot pain and promoting proper foot function.

What Are The Different Kinds Of Orthotics?

There are three main categories of custom orthotics

  • Rigid Orthotics

    Rigid orthotics are designed to control foot movement, often for people with abnormal gait patterns or severe foot deformities. They are typically made of hard materials such as plastic or carbon fiber and provide strong support.

    Soft Orthotics

    Soft orthotics are used for cushioning, shock absorption, and pressure relief. They are ideal for people who spend long hours on their feet or have conditions like arthritis or diabetes.

    Semi-Rigid Orthotics

    Semi-rigid orthotics provide a balance between support and cushioning. They are often recommended for people with foot pain caused by overpronation or supination (rolling in or out of the foot). Semi-rigid orthotics can also help improve overall foot function by distributing pressure evenly throughout the feet.

At Lake Erie Podiatry, our team of experts will determine the best type of custom orthotic for your specific needs after a thorough evaluation.

How Can Custom Orthotics Alleviate Foot Pain?

Custom orthotics can effectively alleviate foot pain by addressing the root cause of the issue. They provide support, stability, and cushioning to areas of the feet experiencing excess pressure or strain. By correcting imbalances and promoting proper foot function, custom orthotics can help reduce inflammation, improve range of motion, and prevent further injury.

Moreover, since custom orthotics are made specifically for each individual, they can target the specific areas of the feet where pain is experienced. This personalized approach ensures maximum comfort and effectiveness in alleviating foot pain.

Conditions that Can Benefit from Custom Orthotics

Anyone experiencing foot pain or discomfort can benefit from custom orthotics, but they are especially beneficial for individuals with:

  • Plantar Fasciitis

    Inflammation of the tissue connecting your heel bone to your toes causes pain in the bottom of your foot. Custom orthotics can help support the arch and reduce strain on the plantar fascia. Bunions

    A bunion is a painful bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe, causing it to point inward toward the other toes. Custom orthotics can help relieve pressure on the affected area and slow down the progression of the bunion.

  • Flat Feet

    Lack of arch support can lead to pain and fatigue in the feet, ankles, and legs. Custom orthotics can provide the support needed to reduce discomfort and improve foot function.

  • High Arches

    Excessive stress on the balls and heels of your feet can cause discomfort and strain on your calves. Custom orthotics can help by evenly distributing pressure and providing cushioning.

  • Morton's Neuroma

    A thickening of tissue around the nerves leads to your toes, causing pain and numbness in the ball of your foot. Custom orthotics can help reduce pressure on the affected area and relieve symptoms.

  • Shin Splints

    Pain along the shin bone is caused by overuse and stress on the area's muscles, tendons, and bone tissue. Custom orthotics can help support the foot and reduce muscle strain, providing relief from shin splints.

  • Ankle Instability

    Custom orthotics can provide additional support to ankles prone to rolling or spraining, reducing discomfort and the risk of injury.

  • Diabetic Foot Conditions

    Diabetes can lead to nerve damage and poor foot circulation, making them more susceptible to injury and infection. Custom orthotics can provide additional support and protection for individuals with diabetes.

  • Overpronation/Oversupination

    An abnormal inward or outward rolling motion of the foot can cause pain and discomfort in the feet, knees, and hips. Custom orthotics can help correct this issue and improve overall foot function.

  • Injury Recovery

    Custom orthotics can provide support and proper alignment during the healing process of foot injuries, reducing pain and promoting faster recovery.

Even those without specific foot conditions can benefit from custom orthotics as they provide support and cushioning to prevent future foot problems. They are also helpful for athletes and people who spend significant time on their feet.

Signs That You Might Need Orthotic Inserts

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it may be a sign that you could benefit from custom orthotics:

  • Foot pain or discomfort that persists for more than two weeks.
  • Pain in your feet or legs after standing or walking for extended periods.
  • Frequent blisters, corns, or calluses on your feet.
  • Uneven wearing down of your shoes.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, visit Lake Erie Podiatry. We’ll be here to give you an expert assessment and help determine if custom orthotics are the right solution for you.

Getting Custom Orthotics at Lake Erie Podiatry

At Lake Erie Podiatry, our podiatrists will begin by conducting a comprehensive evaluation of your feet and gait. This may include taking measurements, analyzing your walking pattern, and assessing any underlying issues contributing to your foot pain.

Based on this evaluation, our team will create a customized orthotic tailored to your feet and needs. Depending on your unique requirements, the orthotics may be made from various materials, such as foam, gel, or plastic.

Once the custom orthotics are created, your podiatrist will ensure proper fit and provide instructions for wear and care.

Have Better Foot Health with Custom Orthotics at Lake Erie Podiatry

Foot pain should not be ignored or dismissed as a normal part of life. It is important to address any discomfort or issues with your feet so they do not affect your daily activities and overall quality of life. Custom orthotics are an excellent solution to alleviate foot pain and enhance foot health. They can also effectively improve mobility and prevent future problems by supporting and correcting any imbalances or abnormalities in the feet.

At Lake Erie Podiatry, our team of experienced podiatrists is dedicated to helping you achieve optimal foot health through customized solutions, such as custom orthotics. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards healthier, pain-free feet!


How are custom orthotics different from shoe inserts?

Over-the-counter shoe inserts may provide temporary relief, but because they’re mass-produced, they can not address each individual’s underlying issues. Custom orthotics are made from precise measurements and molds of your feet, ensuring a perfect fit and maximum effectiveness in relieving pain and promoting proper foot function.

How do orthotics work?

Orthotics work by providing support, cushioning, and correction to the feet. They help distribute pressure evenly across the foot, reducing strain on specific areas, promoting proper foot function, and alleviating pain caused by imbalances or misalignments.

How long does it take to get used to custom orthotics?

It can take a few weeks for your feet and body to adjust to the support and alignment provided by custom orthotics. However, many people experience immediate relief from foot pain with their new orthotics. For the best results, follow any break-in instructions your podiatrist provides.

Can I wear my orthotics in all types of shoes?

Custom orthotics are designed to fit specific types of shoes, such as athletic shoes or dress shoes. Using them with the appropriate footwear is important for maximum effectiveness and support. Your podiatrist will guide you on which shoes are best suited for your custom orthotics.

Is it necessary to see a podiatrist for custom orthotics?

Yes! Because custom orthotics are tailored to each individual's unique foot and needs, meeting with a podiatrist is a necessary first step. Your podiatrist will conduct a comprehensive evaluation, take precise measurements, and create orthotics specifically designed for you, ensuring the most effective and comfortable fit. Schedule a consultation with our experienced podiatrists at Lake Erie Podiatry to start your journey towards better foot health today!