Custom Foot Orthotics
CONCORDE THERAPY GROUP
4645 Belpar Street NW
Canton, OH 44718
Taking Care of the Special Needs of Runners
They used to say --
"If it hurts when you run…
That approach just doesn't work anymore!!
Our knowledge of biomechanics has taught us that, by establishing the optimal functional position of the feet and lower extremities,
the entire skeletal complex is permitted to function in an optimally efficient fashion. If there is a biomechanical fault, the body
compensates, or adjusts, by either rolling the foot into excessive pronation or supination. When that occurs, abnormal forces are
created in the foot and leg, causing potential problems. These problems may include shin splints, plantar fasciitis (heel spur
syndrome), metatarsalgia, interdigital neuromas, Achilles tendinitis, posterior tibial dysfunction and/or patellofemoral pain.
exercise and/or rest often do not resolve the primary symptoms, and custom foot orthotics may be required to treat the underlying
cause of the problem. Maintaining a subtalar neutral position of the foot with custom orthotics is often the best long-term
solution to these problems. An over-the-counter type of arch support simply makes the arch weightbearing, which is neither desirable
nor well tolerated, and may cause other compensatory problems. A custom orthotic specifically “raises the ground” to the rear or forefoot
to provide improved neutral positioning and alleviation of symptoms.
Many times patients receive temporary orthotic management
to not only provide immediate treatment, but to evaluate the potential effectiveness of long-term orthotic management. If custom orthotics
are indicated, the therapist makes a neutral position plaster cast of the foot to “capture” the deformity. These casts are sent to
a laboratory where the permanent orthotics are fabricated based on the cast and specific instructions from the therapist/physician.
Careful re-assessment of the patient with the orthotics and follow-up during the initial wearing period complete the initial management.
Orthotics may also be modified over time as needed due to changing skeletal make-up, or in the case of younger patients, skeletal
growth and development.
Most insurance companies offer coverage for custom orthotics. Our office staff can pre-verify orthotic
coverage prior to the start of treatment.