While achieving this, your footwear must also facilitate proper foot function by assisting your feet in their two primary roles:
Acting as a stable base of support for the rest of your body while
Absorbing the impact of your foot striking the ground
No matter what your needs are, the following three features are integral to the function and longevity of a shoe:
Stiff heel counter (heel cup)
Firm density midsole (platform)
Minimal twist/torsion of the sole
The following is a small sampling of footwear modifications performed by prosthetists:
Accommodate leg length differences.
Widens the sole of the shoe.
Unloads problem areas and facilitates the propulsion.
Relieves pressure over bony prominences.
Flares or buttresses:
Strengthens the sides of the shoe to prevent distortion and widen the base of support.
Simple alterations to lacing patterns can make a big difference to comfort and function.
Additional items such as tongue pads, heel grips, metatarsal pads, heel lifts, arch cookies, etc. can improve comfort and function.
Do I Require a Specific Style of Shoe to Fit My Foot Orthotics?
The depth of the shoe you are using the orthotics in is important. On occasion, an increase in the shoe size may also be necessary. This would be discussed with you on your initial assessment.
What Is the Cost of Custom Foot Orthotics and How Long Will They Last?
Custom foot orthotics can range anywhere from $450.00 to $700.00 depending on the materials required to best meet your needs. The activity level of each individual determines the longevity of the orthotics.
Does Insurance Cover the Cost of Custom Foot Orthotics?
Each individual's plan varies regarding if, how much of the cost, and the frequency that orthotics will be covered. Consult your individual plan for that information and check as to the need for a prescription from your doctor.