Custom orthotics minimize the stress and force that are on your feet. At Kalamazoo Foot and Ankle Specialists in Portage and Three Rivers, Michigan, experienced foot and ankle specialist Michael Maskill, DPM, can fit you for custom orthotics.

Orthotics can address a wide range of podiatric problems, like bunions and heel pain. Request your orthotic evaluation online or call the office to schedule an appointment today.

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What are orthotics?

Orthotics are a simple and effective way to relieve pain and restore mobility without the need for surgery or other invasive procedures. What makes custom orthotics so unique is that they’re designed individually for each of your feet, rather than going with the one-size-fits-all orthotics you can buy at your pharmacy or a sporting goods store.

Custom orthotics are designed to address the specific imbalances and abnormalities that are causing your podiatric condition. Your orthotics can be either rigid or soft, depending on your needs.

Rigid orthotics are made of firm plastic or graphite and are designed to control abnormal functions. Soft orthotics are made of pliable materials that absorb shock, improve your balance, and take the pressure off of sores and tender spots.

Why would I need orthotics?

Your custom orthotics from Kalamazoo Foot and Ankle Specialists can help with acute and chronic pain and inflammation caused by:

Heel spurs
Sports injuries
Stress fractures
Plantar fasciitis and heel spurs
Diabetic foot wounds

If you're experiencing pain or discomfort resulting from any of these conditions, schedule an orthotics consultation at Kalamazoo Foot and Ankle Specialists.

How are orthotics made?

Dr. Maskill begins the process with a thorough exam, including imaging tests like X-rays to diagnose your condition and help identify which type of orthotics will be best for you.

Orthotics are fit on-site specifically for each individual patient’s needs. Your orthotics are made by creating molds of each of your feet, using casting. Once your molds are ready, they’re sent to the lab to manufacture your customized orthotics.

It usually takes 3-6 weeks to receive your orthotics. But once you start wearing them, you should start to experience an improvement in your condition almost immediately. Orthotics offer you a reliable and effective solution for a number of different foot problems.

Dr. Maskill believes in patient-centered care and takes the time to develop the right treatment plan for you. He may prescribe custom orthotics alongside other conservative treatments like physical therapy and night splints.

Schedule your orthotics appointment at Kalamazoo Foot and Ankle Specialists. You can conveniently request an appointment online or over the phone.

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