Custom Orthotics

Custom orthotics refer to specialized shoe inserts designed to offer support, comfort, and correct alignment issues related to feet and lower extremities. Podiatrists like Dr. Stephan Silva in Boca Raton, FL, prescribe custom orthotics to address an individual's specific foot shape, walking pattern, and specific needs typically related to the foot or ankle.

Common Reasons for Custom Orthotics 

These are the most common reasons for custom orthotics –

Foot Pain

Custom orthotics are designed to reduce pain resulting from high arches, bunions, plantar fasciitis, flat feet, and more.

Overpronation or Supination

People who excessively roll their feet when walking or running – either supinating (rotating outward) or overpronating (rotating inward) may benefit from using custom orthotics.

Injury Prevention

Professionals or weekend warrior athletes can use custom orthotics to make sure they have proper alignment, which helps prevent strain and potential injuries.  


Custom orthotics are supportive and cushiony, which helps with stiff or sore joints.

Diabetic Foot Care

Custom orthotics can redistribute weight, reducing the potential for ulcers, a risk that people with diabetes must manage.

Structural Deformities

Structural abnormalities (i.e., high arches, etc. ) can be managed with the use of custom orthotics.

Materials Used to Make Custom Orthotics

While materials used will vary and be contingent on the person's unique needs, foot shape, and the support required – the most common materials include the following-

Foam – is soft, comfortable, and easily molded to the contours of the foot being treated.

Plastic – these more rigid options offer stability and control. Plastic can be used to also support the arch.

Carbon Fiber – this strong yet lightweight material adds support without bulk.  

Leather – is durable and moisture-controlling. It can be used in the lining or covering of orthotics.

Gel/Silicone – offers cushioning and shock absorption, thereby alleviating pressure points and pain.

EVA (Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate) – refers to a soft, flexible material that can be adapted to add support and cushioning.

Cork – is moldable and tends to conform to the foot naturally over time.

Memory Foam – also molds to the foot and is capable of redistributing weight and reducing pressure.

Polyurethane – is durable and supportive while offering a solid absorption of shock.

The process of custom orthotics typically involves a comprehensive evaluation by a podiatrist such as Dr. Silva, who, based on the findings, will tailor a prescription for custom orthotics to meet your needs.

Contact a Leading Boca Raton, FL, Podiatrist Today

If you or someone you know/love is experiencing foot pain or any other foot-related problems, it's recommended that you contact Dr. Silva or a member of our staff at 561-241-9447 and online.

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