Foot & Ankle Group
Stephanie Spicer, DPM
Podiatrist, Foot & Ankle Medicine and Surgery located in Olympia Fields, IL
Orthotics are a simple and effective way to address a wide range of foot and ankle problems. At Foot & Ankle Group in Olympia Fields, Illinois, board-certified podiatrist Stephanie Spicer, DPM, and her team offer custom orthotics using some of the latest diagnostic techniques. If you suffer from pain or issues with your mobility, book an appointment by phone or online today to find out if orthotics are right for you.
Orthotics Q & A
What are orthotics?
Also called a shoe insert, an orthotic is a medical device designed to improve the mechanics of your foot. Orthotics not only relieve pain and pressure, but can improve the way you walk, run, and stand. Orthotics come in a variety of shapes and materials and can even be customized to the structure of your feet.
When are orthotics used?
Orthotics are very versatile and can be used to address a wide range of foot and ankle problems.
Your doctor may recommend orthotics if you suffer from:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Morton’s neuroma
- Corns and calluses
Orthotics allow you to correct your foot or ankle problem without the use of medication or invasive procedures. Orthotics can also help relieve back pain and reduce the risk of overuse injuries like tendinitis. If you suffer from issues with your foot or ankles, the specialists at Foot & Ankle Group can help you determine if orthotics are right for you.
How are custom orthotics made?
Custom orthotics provide you with foot and ankle support that’s customized to your foot structure. Unlike store-bought orthotics, custom orthotics are designed to address your specific needs. Traditionally, custom orthotics require a plaster mold of your foot. This process can be quite messy and time-consuming. At Foot & Ankle Group, the practice uses digital scan techniques to easily and conveniently develop detailed images of your foot structure. Once the digital scan is taken, your doctor sends your images to a lab that constructs your custom orthotics.
What should I expect during my appointment?
Your appointment begins with an in-depth examination. Your doctor discusses your symptoms, medical history, and performs a physical exam to identify the underlying cause of your foot or ankle problem. The practice offers a number of advanced diagnostics, including Fluoroscan and musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging. After your diagnosis, your doctor works with you to determine which type of orthotic best suits your needs.
In addition to custom orthotics, Foot & Ankle Group offers a number of on-site medical-grade products, including prefabricated orthotics. To speak with a specialist about your foot or ankle problem, call or book an appointment online today.