Orthotics Specialist

Lake Erie Podiatry

Michael Ruiz, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in West Millcreek, Erie, PA

Foot orthotics are more than just a way to make your shoes more comfortable. Michael Ruiz, DPM, and the team at Lake Erie Podiatry understand that the right orthotics can transform lives and prevent the need for more invasive foot health treatments. If you’re curious about how orthotics work and whether they might be right for you, call their office in Erie, Pennsylvania, for an evaluation or request one online today.

Orthotics Q & A

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts that fit into your shoes to provide additional support or cushioning. You can buy shoe inserts at virtually any large grocery or drug store. However, these products are manufactured to fit a wide range of foot sizes and arch shapes. The chances of finding an insert that addresses your specific foot health needs are low, and the manufacturing standards for these consumer products are suboptimal.

Custom orthotics are prescription medical devices that can correct numerous biomechanical foot problems that affect the way you stand, walk, and run. They can also address specific foot health needs associated with conditions like diabetes, arthritis, bursitis, or plantar fasciitis.

Some of the issues that can be corrected or improved with custom orthotics include:

  • Low back pain
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • Flat feet
  • Enhanced sports performance

In many cases, orthotics can delay or avoid the need for invasive treatment options, up to and including surgery.

What is the process for getting custom orthotics?

Dr. Ruiz and the team at Lake Erie Podiatry can create custom orthotics for your unique set of needs. The process begins with a diagnostic exam to determine the source of your foot health issues.

One of the reasons to work with an experienced podiatrist is access to advanced training and understanding of lower body anatomy, pathology, and kinesiology.  Dr. Ruiz watches how you walk and examines your feet. Then, he uses advanced technology to assess the anatomy of your feet and see how they function when you walk.

If Dr. Ruiz decides you’re a candidate for custom orthotics, he creates 3D computer-generated images of your feet with precise measurements. He uses these to create custom orthotics that fit your feet perfectly and give you the support you need. 

What kinds of orthotics are available?

Not only are your orthotics fabricated to create a perfect fit, but you can also choose orthotics for various types of footwear. There are options for athletic shoes as well as a variety of dress shoe choices.

Orthotics are made of both firm and soft materials. Various colors are available, and there are even options designed for use in high heels, so there’s a solution for everyone's shoe style preference.

If you’d like to explore how custom orthotics can address your foot health needs, schedule an appointment at Lake Erie Podiatry by calling the office or booking online today.