Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Jersey
Podiatrists located in Union, NJ & Scotch Plains, NJ
The podiatrists at the Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Jersey prescribe custom orthotics to patients from in and around Scotch Plains and Union, New Jersey.
Q & A
What Are Orthotic Devices?
Orthotics are man-made devices that are inserted into the shoe to reduce pressure on painful areas by providing additional support to a person’s feet. They can be as simple as over the counter shoe inserts or created specifically to fit a patient’s unique footprint, as designed by an experience of the medical provider. Prescription orthotics can be customized to adhere to a specific individual’s gait and posture. A qualified podiatrist can help facilitate the necessary examinations to ensure that the patient’s foot is adequately covered and maintained.
What Kinds of Orthotic Devices Are Available?
If a foot is mechanically unsound, a podiatrist implements a functional orthotic. These are designed to correct any dysfunction in the gait or posture of the food. A beneficial side effect is the reduction of pain related to foot injury. Since these devices are typically rigid, they are made from graphite or plastic.
When injury is related to the skin or structure of the foot, an accommodative orthotic is used. Since this device is softer than a functional orthotic, it is primarily used to reduce painful sores and skin issues such as bunions, calluses, and foot ulcers on the bottom of the feet. Additionally, orthotics can reduce other foot related issues such as bursitis, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and other pain related to the foot or ankle.
What Type of Orthotic Is Right for Me?
Typically, a consumer gets what he or she pays for. Over the counter orthotics are significantly less costly than prescription orthotics but are meant as a one size fits all solution. While more expensive, custom orthotics are created to specifically fit a patient's foot and meet his or her needs, they are often much more effective in providing relief and support for the affected feet. Additionally, the sturdier construction allows for extended use and can sometimes last for several years. As a bonus, medical insurance companies typically cover some or all the cost of prescription orthotics.
If you have any questions regarding whether your insurance plan is accepted and coverage, please feel free to contact our office.
Words from our patients
"Would definitely recommend anyone to come to this office for treatment. Excellent! Thank you!"
"I was treated at Foot & Ankle Specialists several times a few years ago and was very pleased with the care I received from their doctors."
"The appointments are efficient but I have never felt rushed or like the exam was incomplete."
"Highly recommend them for any foot related issues!!"
"Excellent and knowledgeable doctor. Explained my condition and what I had to do thoroughly. I didn't feel like he rushed while I was there."
"He was very thorough and went over all the details of my condition. And while he was professional, he was also fun and joked around and made me feel very comfortable."
"Very caring and knowledgeable doctor. Answers calls for questions."
"Dr. Patel and her staff are sweet and very patient. They make me feel very comfortable whenever I go there. Would recommend this place."