Why everyone could use a pair of Orthotics by Dr. Kruse

Why everyone could use a pair of orthotics. A question and answer session
with Dr. Kruse, associate physician at Foot and Ankle Clinics of America.

Q: What are custom orthotics…

A: Orthotics are custom made inserts that go into your shoes to address
many types of foot disorders. They provide support, correction and/or
cushion to improve foot performance and comfort.

Q: Will orthotics benefit me…

A: Properly made foot orthotics can benefit everyone. Think of them like a
custom made pair of shoes, while some people require them, anyone can
appreciate them.

Q: Are they uncomfortable…

A: Proper orthotics are designed to treat foot discomfort, not cause it.
At Foot and Ankle Clinics of America we guarantee our inserts to be
comfortable. We use a cast molding system that creates a very natural and
accurate impression of your foot. Because the orthotics may change your
foot posture, a break- in period of 2 – 3 weeks is normal.

Q: How long do orthotics last…

A: Insert life depends on materials, intensity of use and corrective
nature. As a rule of thumb, most orthotics will last 2 to 3 years before
they will need to be refurbished or replaced. Orthotics for runners will
normally out last several pairs of shoes. Top covers may need to be
replaced yearly. Our refurbishing service is available for $70 per pair.

Q: Will the inserts fit in all my shoes…

A: Most orthotics will fit in any shoe with a removable (or glued in) sock
liner or insole. Dress shoes and other “low volume” foot wear may require
a special ¾ length device or something that ends at the arch.

Q: Will I need to buy larger shoes…

A: If the shoe has a removable sock liner or insert, the orthotic will
replace it and should not require more space. If the inserts are going
into dress shoes you may need a little more room. It is best to try shoes
on with the orthotics in them.

Q: How long does it take to get my orthotics…

A: An initial appointment with evaluation which includes casting for the
orthotic will take about 30 minutes. The cast molds are then sent out and
usually are returned in two weeks.

Q: Will my health insurance company pay for my orthotics…

A: Some insurance plans will pay for orthotics when prescribed by a
physician, but many do not. Foot and Ankle Clinics of America will provide
the necessary documentation (L code) and will submit the claim for you.

We hope you consider a pair of orthotics and any of our physicians are
available at a location convient to you to discuss this topic further.

Timothy Kruse, DPM
Foot and Ankle Clinics of America


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