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The scoop on orthotics, arch supports and inserts
The term “orthotics” and “arch supports” covers a lot of products.  Actually, an orthotic is a prescription device that can include ankle and leg attachments that are used to provide stability, support and biomechanical realignment of the foot and leg structures.  This type of alignment is not accomplished by soft foam or flexible insoles typically purchased at stores or “diagnosed” through simple “computer” weight bearing scans.  Prescription biomechanically balanced rigid orthotics are not pre-formed or pre-sized and dispensed as a one-size-fits-all product.

Due to the many products available and the confusion in the marketplace that has occurred from lack of regulation or terminology standards, many “orthotics” are not orthotics.  Although many products claim to have the same results, research data clearly indicates that prescription biomechanically balanced rigid orthotics provide significant relief for many common foot conditions.  Individuals that have simple foot strain or fatigue can sometimes benefit from over-the counter products, however those with significant foot problems using soft non-rigid insoles may cause the condition to progress necessitating more involved therapies and sometimes even surgery.

What do orthotics do and why do I need them?
Orthotics are commonly prescribed for foot conditions such as heel pain, some knee and back conditions; as well as many other foot conditions.  Orthotics are biomechanical balanced rigid devices that correct serious foot conditions and misalignments that cannot be corrected by one-size-fits-all soft or semi-rigid insoles.

Common sense tells you that soft flexible insoles will not make painful biomechanically based foot, knee and back problems go away and may do more harm than good.  Prescription orthotics are the medical standard among specialists that treat foot, ankle and leg conditions.

How expensive are orthotics and does my insurance cover them?
Orthotics are a covered benefit on many insurance policies.  The price allowance is set by the insurance carrier and is in most cases $350 for a pair adult orthotics.  Pediatric orthotics are usually less depending on the type of orthotic device prescribed.  If you do not have coverage very reasonable payment plans are available, as our staff will individually work with each patient to make these devices affordable for everyone.  

How often will I need to get orthotics replaced?
For adults well constructed rigid orthotics last 10 years and usually last even longer.  For growing children they will obviously need to be replaced more often, usually every 2-3 years.

HKB Corporation ~ Steven Bremer DPM
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