CarePlus Foot and Ankle Specialists
Hubert Lee, DPM
Podiatrist located in Bellevue, WA
If you regularly experience foot, heel, or ankle pain and conservative measures of at-home care don’t provide adequate relief, you may be a candidate for custom orthotics. At CarePlus Foot and Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, Washington, Hubert Lee, DPM, proudly offers 3D digital foot scanning and prescription orthotics to people of all ages. To see if you’re a candidate, make an appointment by calling the office or by clicking the online booking tool today.
Custom Orthotics Q&A
What are custom orthotics?
Custom orthotics are a special shoe insert prescribed by Dr. Lee. Each custom orthotic matches the unique curvature of your feet. When used in coordination with regular podiatry appointments, custom orthotics can relieve common foot and leg problems.
Why would I need custom orthotics?
Custom orthotics are incredibly versatile. At CarePlus Foot and Ankle Specialists, Dr. Lee regularly prescribes orthotics to:
- Correct foot deformities
- Reduce the risk of further injuries
- Help improve foot and ankle function
- Provide support for your arch, heel, and ankle
Custom orthotics aren’t the type of shoe inserts you can buy at a grocery store. Instead, they’re designed to support the unique structure of your feet. Dr. Lee usually doesn’t recommend custom orthotics until he’s exhausted all other types of conservative treatments.
What conditions do custom orthotics treat?
At CarePlus Foot and Ankle Specialist, Dr. Lee uses custom orthotics to ease pain and discomfort caused by several conditions, including:
- Back pain
- High Arches
- Plantar fasciitis
- Heel spurs
You might also benefit from treatment with custom orthotics if you suffer a sports-related injury that causes damage to your foot or ankle.
Are there different types of custom orthotics?
There are two categories of custom orthotics:
Rigid orthotics use hard plastics or carbon fiber to support your feet and ankles. Rigid orthotics are stiff and cast-like. They don’t allow any give, which prevents your foot from rolling or twisting in an awkward way.
Accommodative orthotics are soft and cushion-like. They usually feature foam or similar materials that are flexible and provide padding. Accommodative orthotics are big, to comfortably wear them, Dr. Lee might recommend prescription footwear.
Am I a good candidate for custom orthotics?
To determine if you’re a candidate for custom orthotics, make an appointment with Dr. Lee at CarePlus Foot and Ankle Specialists. Following a review of your medical history and discussion of your symptoms, Dr. Lee examines your feet and ankles. He also asks you to stand up, sit down, and walk around the room. During these activities, Dr. Lee observes your gait and posture.
Next, Dr. Lee takes a series of 3D digital foot scans. Dr. Lee uploads your scans to a computer and sends them to a podiatry laboratory. The laboratory creates a pair of custom orthotics that align with your unique foot structure and goals for treatment.
Don’t let chronic foot or ankle pain negatively impact your life. Make an appointment at CarePlus Foot and Ankle Specialists by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.