Orthotics Specialist

Madison Advanced Foot & Ankle

Foot & Ankle Surgery & Podiatry located in Madison, WI

Every time you take a step, you place one-and-a-half times your body weight of pressure on each foot. Custom orthotics are tailor-made devices that support your foot, relieve pain, and provide comfort in everyday movement. Fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeon Colin Graney, DPM, has extensive experience in fitting people with custom orthotics at Madison Advanced Foot & Ankle in Madison, Wisconsin. To find out if orthotics is right for you, call or book an appointment online today.

Orthotics Q & A

What are orthotics? 

A custom orthotic is a device that aligns your foot and ankle into the right position to relieve stress and tension. The device is similar to an insole and fits inside your shoe. Professional orthotics are customized to fit the needs of each individual patient.

They can be beneficial for almost any patient who is worried about the alignment of their ankles and feet. These devices are also often purchased by patients who are experiencing painful symptoms because of problems with their feet and ankles. 

What conditions can orthotics treat?

Dr. Graney uses custom orthotics to treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Foot and heel pain
  • Bunions 
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar fasciitis 
  • Tendonitis 

Foot misalignments can cause strain starting from the lower limbs and triggering a train reaction through the body from the foot up. Custom orthotics add stability in areas where it’s most needed. 

What are the benefits of wearing orthotics?

Wearing custom orthotics offers several benefits, including:

Better alignment

When you wear orthotics, your feet and ankles will be aligned properly at all times. 

Fewer injuries 

Better alignment reduces the risk of injuries to the feet and ankles, especially when you participate in sports or exercises. 

Less pain 

Wearing custom orthotics alleviates pain you experience because of your gait (the way you walk) or related foot and ankle injuries. 

How do I get orthotics?

Custom orthotics are made to fit the size and shape of your foot. After a comprehensive evaluation of your unique foot structure, Dr. Graney can design orthotics to hold your foot and ankle in specific positions. 

Many stores carry shoe inserts that are labeled as “orthotics,” but in reality, they differ greatly from custom orthotics created in a podiatrist’s office. While these inserts may provide some cushioning and relief from general foot pain, custom orthotics take into account the way you walk, your needs, your weight, and how often you are active. 

A three-dimensional image is to be taken of your foot and then used to create a unique support that improves your movement, comfort, and mobility. While custom orthotics generally cost more than inserts purchased in a store, they’re designed to specifically meet your needs. 

When cared for, custom orthotics can last for years and are covered by many insurance plans.

To learn more about orthotics, call Madison Advanced Foot & Ankle or book an appointment online today.a