Custom Orthotics Specialist

Custom Orthotics services offered in North Andover, Lowell and Haverhill, MA

Painful foot conditions, such as diabetic ulcers and plantar fasciitis often benefit from shoe inserts that reduce pressure and friction. Mitchell Wachtel, DPM, and his team offer custom orthotics at his offices in North Andover, Lowell, and Haverhill, Massachusetts, creating shoe inserts designed to perfectly fit your feet. To find out how you could benefit from custom orthotics, call Mitchell Wachtel, DPM, today or book an appointment online.

Custom Orthotics Q&A

What are custom orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts that fit in your shoes. You can buy one-size-fits-all orthotics, but Dr. Wachtel offers a custom fitting service. Custom orthotics provide cushioning and support designed specifically for your feet.

Orthotics can be rigid, soft, or a combination. Rigid or functional orthotics consist of hard plastic and carbon fiber materials. They help to align the structures in your feet and legs. Soft or accommodative orthotics use materials like foam rubber that are spongier. They take the pressure off painful areas of your feet.

If you need aspects of rigid and soft orthotics, Dr. Wachtel can design your custom orthotics to account for both requirements. 

What conditions can custom orthotics treat?

Custom orthotics are an invaluable treatment for many foot, ankle, and leg problems, including:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bunions
  • Hammer toes
  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis
  • Flatfeet
  • Calluses
  • Tendinitis
  • Pain after surgery
  • Diabetic ulcers

Very often, aching legs and even backache relate to problems in your feet and ankles. Custom orthotics correct any misalignments, relieving back and leg pain.

Custom orthotics are often so effective that patients with painful foot and ankle conditions don’t need surgery. Orthotics may also be covered by your insurance.

What is the process like for custom orthotics?

First, Dr. Wachtel evaluates your feet and ankles and your gait (how you walk). If he believes custom orthotics could help your condition, he uses a state-of-the-art laser scanner to create 3D images of your feet. These images form the basis of the design for your custom orthotics.

Dr. Wachtel creates a mold of your feet, then adjusts the orthotic template so it supports your foot and ankle. It’s vital that the orthotics offer the support you need without creating imbalances in your ankles, legs, back, or other parts of your feet.

When your custom orthotics are ready, you visit Dr. Wachtel for a fitting. Your new inserts should fit your feet and shoes perfectly, but they might feel a little strange at first. This is because the orthotic is adjusting the weight distribution or alignment of your feet to something you’re not used to.

You should find that you become accustomed to your orthotics quickly. You should also feel the benefit of wearing them within a few days.

If you think custom orthotics could help with your painful foot and ankle problems, call Mitchell Wachtel, DPM, today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.