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Orthotics Specialist

Amit Shah DPM

Podiatrists & Board Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in North Brunswick, Edison, & Cranbury, NJ

Orthotics are a simple and effective way to relieve pain and increase mobility. At Amit Shah DPM in North Brunswick, Edison, and Cranbury, New Jersey, Drs. Shah and Armanious, DPM, provide custom orthotics to hundreds of patients every year. To find out if orthotics are right for you, call one of the offices or book your appointment online today.

Orthotics Q&A

What is an orthotic?

Orthotics are medical inserts that you go inside your shoes. Orthotics are prescribed to address a wide range of foot, leg, and back problems and are a simple way to relieve pain and restore function and mobility without the use of invasive or risky surgical procedures. 

Orthotics work by correcting imbalances in your foot. They realign your foot to prevent certain motions that add stress and strain on your body. At Amit Shah DPM, custom orthotics are made from imprints of your feet and are designed to fit comfortably in your shoes, similar to insoles. 

When are orthotics used?

There are several issues that can cause foot, leg, and back pain. Orthotics are commonly used to address:

  • Arthritis
  • Bunions
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Flat feet
  • Heel spurs
  • High arches
  • Foot and ankle injuries
  • Hammertoes

Orthotics are also used to relieve back pain caused by poor positioning of the feet. Custom orthotics come in many shapes and sizes. 

The team at Amit Shah DPM makes hundreds of orthotics every year. During your appointment, the team helps you find the right custom orthotic for your needs.  

What should I expect during my appointment?

An ill-fitting orthotic can increase your pain and worsen the stress and strain on your body. Unlike over-the-counter inserts, custom orthotics are made to address the specific cause of your pain. 

To make your custom orthotic, your doctor develops a detailed 3D model of your foot. Your doctor then makes modifications to the model to perfect your foot alignment. You and your doctor discuss your needs to help determine the best material for your orthotics. 

Your doctor uses the model of your foot to construct your custom orthotic. When the orthotic is complete, you return for a fitting to ensure it’s comfortable and appropriate for your footwear. 

Your doctor may recommend a follow-up appointment to determine how effective the orthotic is at managing your condition. 

How often should I wear my orthotic?

You’ll get more benefits from your orthotics the more you wear them. If you switch your shoes throughout the day (like going from work to the gym) you may want to consider an additional pair of orthotics. 

To find out if orthotics are the right solution for your pain, call the office or book an appointment online today.