At Truppe Health Care, our custom foot orthotics are assessed, impressioned, manufactured and fit by our on-site professionals. Once fitted, alterations or adjustments that may be required are performed at our facility, thus eliminating the need for your orthotics to be shipped off-site for modifications.
Although 100 percent relief from lower back, knee and foot pain may not always be realized, your custom-made orthotics should much improve your daily comfort and mobility.
Your footwear is a complicated piece of equipment you use every day. As a piece of equipment, its two main roles are to prevent injury while enhancing performance. Your footwear must protect you from external hazards and the demands of everyday life.
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
Many factors play a role in choosing the ideal shoe. In addition to foot structure and lower limb alignment and certain medical conditions, daily lifestyle, participation in specific physical activities, sports as well as work demands must also be considered. Numerous types of footwear may be necessary to satisfy your needs.
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
However, every foot is different! Proper sizing and appropriate fit are imperative for the ideal footwear function. Your prosthetist can ensure proper fit and educate you on your personal footwear needs. They will teach you how to choose the ideal footwear and provide recommendations of appropriate brands and models as well as a list of stores that carry footwear to satisfy your needs.
If your condition is complicated or your needs can’t be met by everyday stock footwear, we have training and expertise in modifying and altering your footwear to ensure optimal comfort and ideal function.
The following is a small sampling of footwear modifications performed by prosthetists:
Lifts: Accommodate leg length differences.
Spot stretching: Relieves pressure over bony prominences.
Sole splitting: Widens the sole of the shoe.
Flares or buttresses: Strengthens the sides of the shoe to prevent distortion and widen the base of support.
Rocker soles: Unloads problem areas and facilitates the propulsion.
Lacing techniques: 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.