Arizona Foot and Ankle Medical Center -  - Podiatrist

Arizona Foot and Ankle Medical Center

Podiatrists located in Laveen, AZ, Chandler, AZ & Mesa, AZ

Between custom-molded orthotics and over-the-counter inserts like Dr. Scholl’s®, there are many options on the market to consider before buying. With their expertise in personalized orthotic designs, Jonathan Ray, DPM, Kyle Durfey, DPM, AACFAS, DABPM, and Brian Hiapo, DPM,  can help you find the best type of orthotics for your needs at Arizona Foot and Ankle Medical Center in Chandler and Laveen, Arizona. Click the online scheduler to book your orthotics evaluation or call the clinic directly.

Orthotics Q & A

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are devices you slip into your shoes to provide support and comfort. A perfectly fitting set of orthotic inserts can relieve discomfort, prevent pain, and realign your entire skeleton for overall pain relief. These inserts are custom made with a state-of-the-art 3D scanner and gait pressure sensor to help ensure your custom inserts fit your everyday activity and lifestyle.

In general, orthotics can be either functional or accommodative. Functional orthotics are created to correct abnormal foot or ankle motions. These types of orthotics are designed to treat a specific injury or condition.

Accommodative orthotics are more for comfort, cushioning, and support. They’re ideal for taking pressure off of wounds or painful corns, or simply preventing pain if you have to stand on your feet all day for work.

While some orthotics are custom-created specifically for each of your feet, your podiatrist can also help you get fitted for over-the-counter inserts, such as Dr. Scholl’s.

Why do I need orthotics?

You have plenty of prescription and over-the-counter orthotic options available at Arizona Foot and Ankle Medical Center to help you experience the pain relief you deserve. Dr. Durfey or Dr. Hiapo may recommend orthotics if you have:

  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis
  • Flat feet
  • Heel pain  
  • Sports injuries
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Hammertoes or bunions

In some cases, Dr. Durfey or Dr. Hiapo may recommend orthotics if you’re an athlete. Having supportive inserts in your shoes can help prevent pain and injuries, so you’re always performing at your best.

Which type of orthotics is best?

While there isn’t a single best type of orthotic insert, Dr. Durfey or Dr. Hiapo spends time helping you find the ideal inserts for your specific needs, whether you need custom-molded orthotics or something on the shelf. You may benefit from:

  • Cushions or insoles
  • Arch supports
  • Heel liners

You may even need several different types of orthotics, based on various activities and shoe types. For instance, Dr. Durfey or Dr. Hiapo could recommend slipping your prescription orthotic insoles into your gym shoes during a workout, then swapping to your arch supports when you’re in your work shoes. In any case, Arizona Foot and Ankle Medical Center provides all of the orthotic inserts you need.

Get fitted for your orthotic inserts by scheduling an exam at Arizona Foot and Ankle Medical Center today. Book your orthotics appointment either online or over the phone.