There are several different treatments for foot pain and/or foot injuries. We have staff members who specialize in foot issues. Our Certified Pedorthist, Tammy Daulton provides excellent advice and care that helps our clients get back on their feet!
What issues can be improved with shoe inserts or arch supports?
Foot orthotics are often called shoe inserts are arch supports. There are many problems that can be treated with foot orthothics.
- Heel Pain or Planter Fascitis – when our patients complain of heel pain, it is most often caused by plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is connective tissue that connects the bones of the foot. It makes the arch and holds the bones in place. If it is not taken care of early, a spur can develop (which leads to more pain and problems). A Spur is a piece of bone that develops from trauma). An X-ray can determine if a spur has developed.
- Knee Pain can be caused by problems in the feet. If a person has changed their walk this causes problems all the way up the leg, so many knee issues can be treated with foot orthotics. We can usually tell if knee pain can be treated with foot orthotics just by watched our patients walk.
- Foot pain or foot Injuries – Foot orthotics are a treatment option for many patients who have experienced a foot injury playing a sport or at work.
- Overuse/Misuse – We find that people often don’t wear supportive shoes, but have to be on their feet often. This leads to foot pain and could lead to knee pain and back pain.
Does Insurance Cover Shoe Inserts?
In some rare cases, insurances will cover shoe inserts but most of the time they are not covered so we have a self-pay option. We do not charge for the time you need with our specialists, only for the inserts. Any adjustments to your inserts are covered for 2 years.We have four types of arch supports and will help you determine which option is the best for your situation.
- We carry a pre-made foot orthotic that works for many of our patients. If it is billed to insurance it is $90, but we also offer a self-pay option at the time of the visit for $45. Worker’s Compensation will often pay for these if the treatment applied to the injury. If your foot pain started recently a pre-made insert may be the right option for you.
- If your doctor prescribes a custom foot orthotic (CFO) or if you are experiencing severe foot pain, an assessment is needed. It takes about 30 minutes to get all the information we need to build the custom inserts. We have several tests to increase accuracy so the inserts fit well and improve the situation. It takes one to two weeks to make custom foot orthotics (CFO). Patients then come back for a 30-minute visit to fit them. As with any foot orthotics, we recommend easing into them to allow the body time to get used to them and to avoid more foot pain.
- Some patients prefer a “low-profile” orthotic. Your shoe insert should fit the shoes you wear the most, so we have an option for patients who wear dress shoes. These inserts are not made in our lab, so it may take longer to begin the treatment. This is not the option we recommend in most cases because the insert does not support the entire foot.
- Sometimes we need to have a mold made to get the right shape for the patient. It takes two weeks for these to be made. If this option is necessary we use box foam to make a mold of the patient’s foot. This option is mostly used in cases of diabetes, deformities or very severe foot pain.
How much are Custom Foot Orthotics?
The cost if insurance is billed is, for any CFO is $375-$400 depending on the complexity of the inserts. The self-pay price for CFOs is $250-275. There is no charge for visits to Bioworks; only for the inserts themselves.
Is the treatment working?
It takes about 2 weeks to know if a shoe insert is the right fit. In the first week of wearing arch supports, the achy feeling should begin to disappear. We recommend easing into the inserts to get the body acclimated to realignment and the arch used to having support:
- The first three days – 4-6 hours a day
- The next four days – 8 hours a day
- If no problems or discomfort, work up to wearing the inserts whenever wearing shoes
After 2 weeks, most patients feel a dramatic difference, but if relief is not attained after two weeks, there is a reassessment that includes adjustments to the insert or a different treatment as seen fit by the orthotist or pedorthist. If an adjustment is needed, there is no cost for these changes for up to two years for the same treatment.
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