Patients will work with their PT to determine if they may benefit from custom orthotics. A thorough gait analysis and foot/ankle/knee/hip/core biomechanical assessment is then performed to identify patient strengths, weaknesses, and functional deficits. Structural integrity, joint flexibility, joint mobility, muscular strength, weight/ground reaction force acceptance, movement patterning, and shock absorption are all factors that will be considered in the planning and crafting of your orthotic. The PT will then perform specialized plantar foot casting using the “Root” method, which captures the foot in subtalar neutral, while in a non-weight bearing position. The casting is then sent to our orthotics lab, where we work closely with the Orthotists to create the perfect orthotic for each patient.
Conditions that benefit from custom orthotics:
- Foot and ankle pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Limb length discrepancy
- Shin splints