Orthotics

Orthotics Specialist
With 26 bones and many more joints in the human foot, it’s no wonder 77% of the population say they’ve experienced significant foot pain, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. Fortunately, Dr. Keith Steigbigel and the team at Milford, Connecticut-based Prolete Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine are equipped to assess any condition and certified to prescribe custom-made orthotics from Sole Supports, a pioneer in innovative, medical-grade foot orthotics. If you’re suffering from foot pain and tired of getting only temporary relief from ice, painkillers, cortisone injections, or over-the-counter inserts, call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Steigbigel to see if orthotics might be the right solution for you.

Orthotics Q & A

Prolete Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine

What are orthotics?

An “orthotic” is a catch-all term for a device — from braces and splints to shoe inserts and cushions — used to support, strengthen, or correct weak muscles or joints that may be causing foot or other pain. Today’s orthotics are largely focused on special shoe inserts — whether over-the-counter or custom-made — intended to address various conditions at the root of the pain.

A physical therapist like Dr. Steigbigel can assess foot pain or foot-related pain and prescribe orthotics if necessary. He is even certified in casting and distributing custom-made, medical-grade orthotics.

How do I know if I need orthotics?

Foot pain or foot-related pain in your joints, legs, or back can be addressed with orthotics at Prolete Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine. But first, you have to get to the root of that pain.

Depending on the root cause of your pain, Dr. Steigbigel is able to determine if orthotics are the best solution.

Some common causes of foot pain include:

Plantar Fasciitis

This heel or foot pain occurs when the thick ligament that spans the bottom of your foot is overly stretched or even tears. It can cause pain, inflammation, and bony growths called heel spurs.

Flat feet/overpronation

Some people are born with flat feet; other people develop flat feet over time from aging or various activities. As ligaments in the foot loosen, the arches and structure of the foot can flatten and spread out, sometimes causing discomfort and pain.

Morton’s Neuroma

This condition occurs when the tissue surrounding the nerves between toes becomes enlarged. The resulting pressure on and irritation of the nerve can cause discomfort, tingling, shooting pains in the ball of the foot, and burning or numbness in the toes.

Rheumatoid arthritis

This chronic inflammatory disorder largely occurs in joints, including in the feet. Rheumatoid arthritis in feet can cause the bones to deviate and angulate, resulting in tender, swollen, or stiff toe joints.

Tendinitis

This irritation or inflammation of a tendon in your foot is largely due to wear and tear and can cause swelling and aching, particularly after activity.

Bunions

These are bony, often painful bumps that form at the joint at the base of the big toe. The big toe may also begin to lean in toward the other toes as bunions form.

Will orthotics work for me?

Everyone’s condition and biomechanics are unique, so for foot pain and orthotics, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. That’s why Dr. Steigbigel performs a thorough consultation and evaluation of all his patients’ unique conditions.

Because he is a Sole Supports-certified orthotics provider, Dr. Steigbigel is trained in the specific casting technique that captures the corrected position of your feet for high-quality orthotics that are custom-made for your unique footprint. Because they’re perfectly cast for you, Sole Supports provide total support for your foot — including full arch support — in order to fully correct your foot posture.

Over-the-counter and other prefabricated orthotics often only provide temporary relief of foot pain because they don’t address the true problem. But with Sole Supports orthotics custom-made for your feet, you may finally experience more prolonged or even permanent pain relief as the inserts support poor foot structure and restore natural foot positioning and function.

Will my insurance cover the orthotics?

Unfortunately, most insurance companies don’t cover orthotics; however, the team at Prolete can confer with your insurance provider and then help you explore your payment options.

Call the Prolete Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine office to learn more or schedule an appointment online.

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