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Orthotics Specialist

Podiatrist & Foot & Ankle Surgery in Mill Creek, WA

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Orthotics services offered in Mill Creek, WA

Good quality over-the-counter shoe inserts offer some support for painful feet, but they can’t compare to custom-fitted orthotics. If you have a condition like plantar fasciitis or diabetes, experienced podiatrist Nathan Hansen, DPM, at Hansen Foot & Ankle in Mill Creek, Washington, can help. Dr. Hansen offers custom-fitted orthotics made to fit your feet and provide the best support possible. Call Hansen Foot & Ankle today to learn more about the benefits of custom orthotics or book an appointment online.

Orthotics Q & A

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are shoe inserts. They usually come in a one-size-fits-all configuration. You can buy these over-the-counter inserts, but custom-fitted orthotics are specifically designed by Dr. Hansen to cushion and support your feet.

Orthotics can be made of different materials to suit specific purposes, for example:

Rigid orthotics

Rigid or functional orthotics are made of hard materials like plastic and carbon fiber. They ease foot aches and strains and support the alignment of your legs.

Soft orthotics

Soft or accommodative orthotics take the pressure off uncomfortable parts of your feet. This kind of orthotic is usually made from soft, spongy material.

You can also get orthotics that combine the aspects of the rigid and soft versions. Dr. Hansen designs your custom-fitted orthotics to match your specific needs.

What conditions can orthotics help treat?

Orthotics correct foot conditions like:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bunions
  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis
  • Flat feet
  • Calluses
  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Tendinitis
  • Pain after surgery

Backache and aching legs can be caused by problems with your feet and ankles. Orthotics correct misalignments of your feet and ankles to relieve back and leg pain.

Many patients find custom-fitted orthotics highly effective in relieving pain and preventing foot problems from getting worse. Orthotics are often so helpful that patients can avoid surgery to treat painful foot and ankle conditions.

How are custom orthotics made?

Dr. Hansen examines your feet and your gait (the way you walk). He then takes 3D images of your feet using a laser scanner to design a mold. Dr. Hansen uses the mold of your foot to create your custom-fitted orthotics. Properly designed orthotics give you the support you need without causing imbalances in other parts of your feet, ankles, legs, or back.

Custom-fitted orthotics are made to fit your feet and shoes perfectly. If your orthotics don’t fit correctly, let Dr. Hansen know right away. He can make adjustments to ensure that you’re as comfortable as you can be.

Call Hansen Foot & Ankle today to schedule a consultation to learn how custom-fitted orthotics can free you from foot and ankle pain. You can also schedule your appointment online.