Custom Orthotics and Bracing
Many foot and ankle problems can be treated without surgery using an orthotic insert or a brace. An orthotic is a device placed in the shoe that externally modifies structure and function in order to minimize pain and correct deformity. Our Foot & Ankle specialist, Dr. Randolph Sealey, uses the Footmaxx Gait Analysis system in order to make the best possible individualized custom orthotic for patients. Unlike traditional orthotic construction that takes a static foot mold, Dr. Sealey uses a dynamic digital scan of a patient in the act of walking in order to make the most accurate orthotic. Off-the-shelf inserts can certainly be tried first, but when patients have a specific problem, the orthotic needs to be customized to be most effective. Custom orthotics can also be made for specific shoes, sport activity, and foot type. The individual patient scan is easily done during an office visit and the orthotic arrives within 10 -15 days.
Custom braces are sometimes needed to correct foot and ankle deformities. An off-the-shelf brace is often not strong enough and not individualized to address certain problems (ankle instability, posterior tibial tendon insufficiency). Patients are scheduled for a specific appointment to have a cast molded of their ankle and foot. The best brace type is chosen for the patient's individual problem and the mold is used to make the best possible brace for a patient. Most braces arrive within 2 weeks.
Please call our office to make an appointment and start the process for your custom orthotic or bracing treatment.