What is an Orthotic?

“Orthotic” can refer to a arch support device which is worn inside a shoe. Items called “orthotics” can be found in infomercials, retail stores and kiosks. There are three very different types of “orthotics” – custom, customized and off-the-shelf or drop in insoles.

What about Over the Counter Sport Insoles and Orthotics Created at Automated Kiosks and Running Stores?

Prescription orthotics are custom-fitted and molded to address a patient’s specific foot structure, gait, and ailment, whereas over-the-counter inserts add some support and treat minor discomfort. Doctor-prescribed orthotics are more durable and provide more support and correction that over-the-counter versions. Orthotics are used to treat a range of foot and ankle conditions, including but not limited to bunions, corns, calluses, high arches, flatfoot, in-toeing/out-toeing, big toe ailments, hammertoe, claw toe, forefoot pain, neuropathic ulcerations, and heel pain. Dr. Pearl will help you decide which option is best for you.

Why Choose Arlington Foot and Ankle for Your Custom Orthotics

When you choose Arlington Foot and Ankle for your custom orthotics you will receive Dr. Pearl’s 25 years of experience in sports medicine both as a podiatrist and an athlete. We use the latest technology in scanners and 3D orthotic printing which enables both an accurate rendering of the foot and a quick delivery of your the orthotic as the images can be sent instantaneously saving the typical three-day ship time on casts.

Dr. Pearl spent over 10 years participating in a bio mechanics clinic at the National Institutes of Health where he learned from the collaboration with other physicians and biomechanics PhDs. He furthered his training attending a master birdfeeders course in Green mountain,Vermont to help better understand the mechanics with skiers and skaters. His current sports focus is where most of his patients have problems, running but he is also attuned to the every day problems that non-athletes have with their feet. He has just started a collaboration with the head cross country coach at SUNY, New Paltz to further his ongoing training to better understand his athletes where the rubber meets the road.

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