Custom Orthotics

Custom orthotics are an integral part of our treatment approach for patients dealing with foot pain and other symptoms stemming from structural abnormalities. These orthotics play a crucial role in addressing various foot issues by realigning the foot’s movement and distributing weight evenly. At Sierra Foot and Ankle, we are committed to providing top-tier custom orthotics with precision and exceptional design.

Throughout our lives, we encounter periods that we might rather forget, such as those awkward middle school years immortalized in yearbook photos. Similarly, some individuals spend countless hours in the orthodontist’s chair, getting braces adjusted and eventually removed. The use of a retainer after braces ensures that teeth remain aligned over time. Similarly, custom orthotics correct foot problems by addressing improper foot strikes and realigning foot structures.

What Are Custom Orthotics?

Custom orthotics are specialized inserts worn inside shoes to replace original insoles. These orthotics offer precise cushioning and corrective support to realign gait patterns and alleviate stress on joints, muscles, and soft tissues. 

In an ideal scenario, the foot arch acts as a natural shock absorber, maintaining proper alignment throughout the body. However, modern lifestyles characterized by unsupportive footwear and hard surfaces can lead to chronic pain, especially for individuals with inherited structural or biomechanical abnormalities.

How Can Custom Orthotics Help?

Conditions like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis often stem from factors that custom orthotics can effectively address. When used as prescribed, custom orthotics can provide long-term relief.

Unlike store-bought inserts, custom orthotics offer tailored solutions that precisely meet an individual’s needs. Store-bought inserts may not provide the necessary support or fit properly, potentially exacerbating existing symptoms.

At Sierra Foot and Ankle, we prioritize thorough examinations and personalized treatment plans for each patient. We assess symptoms, foot structure, and gait patterns to determine the most suitable treatment approach. While pre-fabricated inserts may suffice for some individuals, others may benefit more from custom orthotics.


What Happens if Custom Orthotics are Prescribed?

If custom orthotics are recommended, we utilize advanced technology to design and create orthotics tailored to each patient’s unique needs. Our precise measurements and digital scanning process ensure an accurate fit, down to microscopic levels. The orthotics are then 3-D printed from scratch, guaranteeing optimal comfort and support.

After receiving custom orthotics, minor adjustments may be necessary based on how the feet adapt to them. With minimal break-in time, these orthotics typically provide substantial relief from heel pain and other issues. While custom orthotics do not permanently realign foot structures, they offer long-term benefits when worn consistently.

Many insurance plans cover one pair of custom orthotics per year, making it a cost-effective solution for long-term foot health. Additionally, most custom orthotics are designed to last beyond a year with proper care.

Find the Foot Pain Relief You Need

If you’re seeking relief from foot pain and want to invest in quality care, schedule an appointment with Dr. Victoria L. Melhuish at Sierra Foot and Ankle. Whether you prefer to call us or fill out our online contact form, we’re here to help you find the foot pain relief you need.

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Suite 3
Carson City, NV 89701


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