Custom Orthotics

Massachusetts & New Hampshire Foot and Ankle Specialists

Podiatry located in Somerville, MA & Londonderry, NH

If the structures inside your foot like the bones and ligaments are out of line, it can cause many different foot and ankle problems. Custom orthotics can correct these misalignments and imbalances, and experienced podiatrist Pasquale Cancelliere, DPM, can create custom orthotics for you at Massachusetts and New Hampshire Foot and Ankle Specialists. Dr. Cancelliere provides an extensive range of services for people living in Sommerville, Massachusetts, and Londonderry, New Hampshire, who are having foot and ankle problems. Call one of our office locations today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.

Custom Orthotics Q & A

What are custom orthotics?

Custom orthotics are inserts that fit inside your shoes to help with a variety of foot and ankle disorders as well as gait problems. Orthotics correct any misalignment in the foot and adjust imbalances so that your feet aren’t coming under pressure, which is the cause of many foot problems.

Dr. Cancelliere makes your custom orthotics to fit the precise contours of your feet. He creates a replica of each foot by using a novel casting technique that obtains the most accurate three-dimensional mold of your feet. Dr. Cancelliere uses the replica to modify the shape of the orthotic so that it provides exactly the right support.

It requires a great deal of skill and expertise to shape the orthotic, so it supports your foot correctly without creating new pressure points in other parts of your feet or imbalances in your gait. Dr. Cancelliere has considerable expertise in creating custom orthotics that are perfectly designed to your precise requirements.

Why should I use custom orthotics and not shoe inserts?

Over-the-counter shoe inserts are widely available, and some can be helpful for mild foot pain. However, they can’t correct the structural abnormalities in your feet that are causing the problem.

That means that although you might feel more comfortable using over-the-counter shoe inserts, the underlying cause of your pain is still there. In time, as the problem worsens, the inserts are likely to stop being effective as well.

Custom orthotics address the underlying cause of your foot pain, and so they offer a more permanent solution to your condition. Using custom orthotics ensures the safe and effective realignment of the foot’s internal structures, promoting healing and long-term recovery.

For what conditions are custom orthotics used?

Custom orthotics can help with many different types of foot, ankle, and leg conditions, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Bunions
  • Bursitis
  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Flat feet
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Tendonitis

Custom orthotics can even help with lower back pain that’s caused by problems with your foot structure, putting your back under strain.

Are there different kinds of custom orthotics?

Custom orthotics can be either functional or accommodative. Functional custom orthotics are rigid, made from carbon fiber or plastic. They’re typically used for low back and leg pain problems. Accommodative custom orthotics are softer, so they cushion painful foot problems like plantar fasciitis.

Your custom orthotics could well fit inside your everyday shoes, but if they don’t, you can also get prescription footwear. 

Find out more about the benefits of custom orthotics by calling Massachusetts and New Hampshire Foot and Ankle Specialists today, or book an appointment online.