Custom Orthotics specialist in Harlem, NY
If you are bothered by flat feet or you have had foot, knee, or lower back surgery, custom orthotics can regain your balance. Get your orthotics now from our New York Foot Experts in Harlem, NY located at 470 Malcolm X Blvd Suite 1P, New York, NY 10037. For more information, contact us today or book an appointment online.
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If you have a painful or disruptive foot condition, it can have an outsized impact on your ability to do routine tasks throughout your day. In such cases, you may benefit greatly from custom orthotics! Below, you can learn what custom orthotics can do for you and other practical information about getting custom orthotics.
Custom orthotics are shoe inserts that are designed to support specific issues involving your feet. For example, a custom orthotic may provide arch support for flat feet by lifting your arch or they may compensate for a toe joint deformity, such as a hammertoe or bunion, by relieving pain and pressure and stabilizing the joint to prevent further deformity.
Custom orthotics also differ from generic, store-bought orthotics, which are designed as a catch-all solution to help with general foot pain but are extremely limited at correcting or helping with specific foot issues.
In contrast to generic, store-bought orthotics, custom orthotics are literally designed with your foot in mind. Your podiatrist evaluates your feet, including their shape, contours, size, and the specific issues that are ailing them, and sends that information to a custom orthotic manufacturer that creates the orthotic from scratch to help you deal with your specific foot condition. Your podiatrist will also evaluate your stride and gait so they can see how your feet function with movement and calculate that into the final product so your custom orthotic is a perfect fit.
Orthotics typically last between one to five years. The length of time they last depend on several factors, including:
• Material: Custom orthotics made from hard plastic tend to last between three to five years before needing replacement. In contrast, custom orthotics made from plastic or foam tend to require annual replacement.
• Use: Some individuals only use their custom orthotics for certain activities, while others use them for any activity requiring footwear. In general, custom orthotics will last longer for those who can use them more sparingly, while those who need to wear them often will notice that they do not last quite as long.
• Foot mechanics change: If your foot mechanics or gait change while wearing custom orthotics, you may need to replace them before they’ve reached their expiry date.
• Weight: Individuals with more weight will put increased strain on their orthotics, so the custom orthotics may wear out quicker than normal.
Unfortunately, custom orthotics will not work with every shoe, but podiatrists can adjust them so that they work with several different types of shoes. As such, the best plan for ensuring your orthotics fit in your shoes is to bring the shoes you plan to wear orthotics with to your appointment. Your podiatrist will adjust your orthotics to fit the shoes you bring to your appointment, as long as they are compatible with the orthotic.
The cost of custom orthotics varies, but most prescription orthotics ordered through a podiatric doctor range between $400 and $600. However, several factors will affect the final price of custom orthotics, such as the location of the clinic and whether you have insurance or not.
Each clinic prices its custom orthotics according to local competitive market prices, so the location of the clinic may impact how much you spend on custom orthotics. Moreover, insurance for custom orthotics tends to cover between 50 to 90 percent of the final cost of custom orthotics. So, if you have insurance for custom orthotics, you’ll likely spend much less.
We proudly provide high-quality, custom orthotics at New York Foot Experts! We welcome you to contact us today to learn more about our services or book an appointment with one of our podiatrists through our website. We serve patients from Wall Street Financial District NY, Harlem NY, Midtown NY, Bronx NY, Fairview NJ, and Manhattan, NY.