Custom Foot Orthotics
With expertise in Bio-mechanics, the doctors at Island Foot and Ankle Specialists can take a mold of your feet and have custom inserts made, by prescription, to treat your feet. We can make orthotics for kids, athletes and for everyday use.
With years of medical training in foot care, Drs. Birch, Watanabe and Elleby are experts in treating foot problems with orthotics. Just as contact lenses improve vision, orthotics improve foot function.
Custom orthotics are made from “casts” or molds of your individual feet. Each orthotic exactly matches the contour of each foot. In addition, “angled posts” or wedges are added that match the angular relationship between your leg, rear foot and forefoot.
Unlike an arch support, a custom orthotic moves with your foot. It controls certain parts of your foot at certain times during your gait, or walking cycle. Although orthotic devices may look like simple pieces of plastic, they profoundly affect your entire musculoskeletal system.
Orthotics may protect the tender areas of your foot from the wear and tear of constant use. Even if your foot problem is best treated by surgery, orthotics may delay the need for surgery and help maintain your surgical correction afterwards.
An Orthotic for Everyday Needs
Orthotics come in a variety of materials, ranging from rigid plastics to soft foam. All of these materials can be shaped to fit your individual foot. The rigid orthotics offer the most control of movement, while the softer ones provide better cushioning and protection. When prescribing your orthotics, Drs. Birch, Watanabe and Elleby will make the best match between your needs and the qualities of the materials.