What is an orthotic?

An orthotic is a custom made insole designed to support and control the motions of your foot. Through control of the foot, orthotics can also affect the knee, hip, pelvis and back by promoting proper leg and hip mechanics. The orthotic is made from a variety of materials based on the needs of the patient. A firmer device will deliver control and support while a softer device will provide shock absorption and comfort.

Orthotic Fitting

Once deemed as a possible treatment approach, the physical therapist will perform an evaluation and discuss your choice of footwear and desired activities. From this evaluation and discussion, the physical therapist will determine the objectives of the orthotic specifically for you.

At this point the physical therapist will analyze your movement patterns, take measurements and make a cast impression of your foot. Obtaining this information allows the orthotic to be custom made for your foot assuring the best possible fit. The cast and related measurements will then be sent to be custom made.

Once received, the orthotic will be fit to you and your shoe. The physical therapist will reassess your movement patterns after the orthotic is inserted to ensure proper function. Orthotics are effective when utilized in concert with other physical therapy procedures in achieving the best possible outcome for you.

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We offer complimentary screens at all Mountain River PT locations. If you’ve been dealing with a nagging injury or persistent pain, don’t wait any longer.

Who would use an orthotic?

Orthotics can be useful for a wide range of individuals including:

  • Individuals / athletes with knee pain.
  • Workers required to be on their feet with arch pain.
  • Individuals experiencing hip pain or knee pain associated with walking or standing.
  • Individuals with plantar fascitis, heel/arch pain, metatarsal pain, or shin pain.
  • Individuals with bunions or prior bunionectomy.

Pain in your foot, ankle, knee, hip, or back may be a symptom of improper lower extremity movement patterns. Orthotics may decrease symptoms in these areas through controlling lower extremity alignment by controlling the foot.

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Hear what other Mountain River patients have to say.

Her physical therapist took the time to explain how her home exercises would help during therapy and after. “I have continued using the exercises even though I have finished with my therapy.” She was happy with her therapy and everyone involved. Really excited that the exercises continue to help her with her arthritis.

five stars RE: Mary S. Mountain River Patient

Thanks so much for everything you have done for me. You have a very professional staff in a laid back atmosphere. You all worked me hard and still cared for my well being. To Ed & Melody, thank you for making me feel as if I was your only patient. You guys are great! Thanks…

five stars Mike B. Mountain River Patient

I just wanted to thank you again for getting to the root of my knee pain so quickly and finding the remedy that took my ugly limp away. With the limp I looked like an old sixty-one, now I will be able to chase down anyone within ten years of my age. I took a…

five stars Dan H. Mountain River Patient

I am extremely satisfied with the care and treatment that Justin, his assistant Jeff, and all the other great people at Mountain River Physical Therapy (gave me). They are knowledgeable, kind, and encouraging. When you allow them to treat you back to full health, you will not be disappointed.

five stars Nick M. Mountain River Patient

… I recently used your facility for recovery from surgery on my spine. I think because of the great people there and their ability to really help and care for the patient’s needs, I was able to recover faster than normal.

five stars Kevin S. Mountain River Patient

Last week I was in Biloxi & Pascagoula, MS with other Wood County Habitat for Humanity folks putting new houses together… No major back or leg problems. An entire year has gone by without my needing your attention/care. I can now go up 2 flights of stairs without needing the railing.

five stars Kay H. Mountain River Patient

I have done physical therapy a few times and I have never ever worked with such wonderful and kind people as you.

five stars Linda S. Mountain River Patient

I can honesty say your staff and their buoyant attitudes made going to physical therapy an enjoyable and rewarding experience. I commend their professionalism and dedication to their patients.

five stars Richard D. Mountain River Patient

You just can not imagine how much I appreciate you and your wisdom! If you had not found my torn patella tendon, I’d still be falling and the problem would have never been fixed!

five stars Issie D. Mountain River Patient

Your smile and laughter kept my spirits high… while your expertise helped me get back on my feet. You have my thanks and gratitude for all the time you spent assisting my recovery.

five stars Sue W. Mountain River Patient

See how your life can change with orthotics.

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