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This page contains answers to common questions asked by patients.





         What are custom foot orthotics?

Custom foot orthotics are custom made shoe inserts that help to restore healthy foot position and proper biomechanics. They provide stability for the foot and correct injury-causing imbalances. Many common conditions can be reduced or eliminated with the use of specially designed custom foot orthotics.

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          What is the difference between over-the-counter orthotics vs. custom foot orthotics?

Over-the-counter orthotics are popular yet less effective than custom foot orthotics. The reason most over-the-
counter orthotics are not as effective is because they are not corrective, but rather, accommodative,
meaning they simply allow the uncorrected foot to be more comfortable or cushioned. However SOLE footbeds are one of the only customizable over-the-counter footbeds/orthotics in the world.   People with mild to moderate pathology (foot problems) would benefit from SOLE orthotics however patients with severe pathology most  likely will need fully custom orthotics.  By using custom orthotics, dramatic relief can happen more quickly than you may have thought possible.

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          Who benefits from orthotics?

Custom foot orthotics can help a variety of people; whether they are workers who stand on their feet most of
the day, children, grandparents, athletes, or people that want to relieve or prevent pain and soreness affecting
their feet, legs, knees, hips, lower back, and even their neck. The proper foot support can make all the difference
in the world.

Orthotics can help:   

  •  Provide Pressure Relief/Increased Comfort on your Feet!
  •  Increase Balance!
  •  Increase Endurance!
  •  Decrease Fatigue in your Entire Lower Extremities!
  •  Correct Postural Alignment all the way up into your Spine!
  •  Increased Performance in Sports


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          What is over-pronation or flat foot?

Pronation is the normal movement in the foot during gait (walking), where the foot slightly flexes, inverts and adducts.  In a "normal" foot some pronation is expected where the foot becomes flexible during the gait cycle to build up energy to complete your stride.  At the end of the normal pronation of the foot the foot becomes rigid again and propels your body forward. Now OVER-PRONATION is the excessive motion in the foot where it looks as though the medial (inside) arch of the foot begins to drop and in some cases almost lays flat on the floor.



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         What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia (the thick band of connective tissue connecting your heel to your toes).  The plantar fascia can often be inflamed at the base of the heel and pain may radiate from the heel up to the toes.  Plantar fasciitis is often caused from poor biomechanical motion of the foot, typically from repetitive stretching from over-pronation or excessive supination.  Plantar fasciitis is often cured with proper foot wear, custom orthotics, stretching, icing and proper training technique.   


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         Does insurance pay for custom foot orthotics?

Every insurance company is different so we always recommend you call your insurance company to find out your specific plan benefits.  Advanced Foot Orthotics does not bill insurance companies.  Payment is the responsibility of the patient.  You may submit your receipt of payment for reimbursement from your insurance company.  Many patients have received reimbursement from their insurance company with a prescription from your Doctor and your receipt.  

SOLE Custom Footbeds are NOT covered by insurance they are considered an over-the-counter orthotic.

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Why are SOLE Footbeds the BEST over-the-counter orthotics?

SOLE footbeds are made from the best technology on the market. The Novel Footbed Test was a test where pressure sensors were placed on the bottom of the patients foot and pressure was measured at all aspects of the foot during walking.  SOLE beat out both SUPERFEET and SPENCO orthotics!!! Which means less pressure with no hotspots resulting in the most comfortable orthotic while maintaining functional correction.

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How long do SOLE footbeds last?

Under normal use conditions our footbeds should last at least 1 year. If you are unsatisfied with the footbeds for any reason, return them within 90 days for replacement or refund, no questions asked.

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How long do Custom Foot Orthotics Last? 

Custom foot orthotics typically last from 2-5 years depending on a variety of factors such as weight, type and intensity of use (such as running 1 mile per week vs. 100 miles) and care of orthotic (such as getting it refurbished every 1-2 years). 

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What if i have pain with my orthotics?

Follow the instructions with your orthotics or try to first back of the intensity of your use (i.e. stop running on them just use them for walking) and then once comfortable begin increasing intensity SLOWLY. With SOLE orthotics we recommend wearing them for 2-3 weeks, if it feels uncomfortable try heat molding them again up to 5 times but no more.

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