Elite Foot & Ankle Associates

Trevor J. Haynes, DPM, FACFAS, FACFAOM

Podiatrist located in Portland, OR & Sandy, OR

Think about the size of your feet relative to the rest of your body and you begin to realize that these small areas are responsible for a tremendous amount when it comes to your support and mobility. One of the best ways to help in these endeavors is through custom orthotics. At Elite Foot & Ankle Associates, Dr. Trevor Haynes provides orthotics to his patients in Sandy and Portland, Oregon, that lighten the load. To learn more about custom orthotics, call one of the offices or use the online scheduling tool.

Orthotics Q & A

Why would I need orthotics?

When it comes to the support and mobility of your body, the entire burden starts with your feet, which are incredibly small areas given the enormity of their duties. This means that even the slightest problem can throw the entire system off balance, creating a cascading effect throughout your body.

Orthotics are designed to make up for any deficits when it comes to the function of your feet by providing critical support in areas where your feet may need a little extra help. For example, orthotics can help with:

  • Aligning your feet, ankles, and legs
  • Providing extra cushioning or shock absorption
  • Protecting weak areas in your foot

Orthotics help with existing conditions like bursitis, heel pain, or tendinitis, and they work to prevent injuries, as well.

How are orthotics made?

The key to orthotics is to have them custom-made to fit your feet and address your specific mechanical issues. When you come into Elite Foot & Ankle Associates, one of the staff creates a plaster mold of your feet, which they send off to a lab for the manufacture of your orthotic device.

There are many different kinds of orthotics, and Dr. Haynes evaluates your feet to find the best solution for your situation. For example, you may benefit from a heel insert if you suffer from heel pain. Or you may need an orthotic that runs the length of your foot to provide more support for your arches. For people with diabetes, orthotics provide crucial cushioning, reducing the pressure on the feet.

The possibilities with orthotics are numerous, and each is designed to provide you with the support you need.

Why are custom orthotics better?

While there’s no shortage of over-the-counter orthotics that range from gel inserts to so-called custom solutions, the bottom line is that custom orthotics are made under the supervision of Dr. Haynes who understands what will benefit your feet the most. In fact, you may end up doing more harm than good if you rely on inferior inserts that aren’t providing the support you need.

It should also be noted that custom orthotics are designed to last. Many patients successfully use their orthotics for years, while over-the-counter inserts wear down quickly, requiring frequent replacement.

To provide your feet with the support they need through orthotics, call Elite Foot & Ankle Associates or fill out the online form to schedule an appointment.