Custom Orthotics Boulder
North Boulder Physical Therapy Sports Rehabilitation
An orthotic is a custom made insole designed to support and control the motions of your foot. Through control of the foot, the orthotic device can also affect the knee, hip, pelvis and back. The orthotic is made from a variety of materials based on the needs of the patient. A more firm device will provide control and support while a softer device will give shock absorption and comfort.
We offer evaluation, treatment and either laboratory or in-house fabrication of custom foot orthotics for all ages. Our physical therapists have undergone specialized training and years of experience in gait biomechanics to evaluate the need for custom orthotics and fit the right orthotic to meet the specific needs of each patient. An orthotic device with specific components will be matched to meet the needs of the patient taking into account diagnosis, age, and activity level. If an orthotic is not necessary, you may receive counseling regarding your footwear, or the use of an over the counter insole.
The service package includes a one-hour appointment to fabricate a casted impression of your foot, from which the device will be established, as well as a complete biomechanical evaluation and assessment to determine the patient's particular problems or dysfunctions. In-house fabricated orthotics can be ready in as little as one week and laboratory fabricated custom orthotics take about one month. The patient will also receive a fitting appointment when the orthotics are completed. Wearing schedules, shoe wear and other recommendations are given during the fitting appointment.
We offer custom orthotics to meet every shoe type and/or individual need, including orthotics to fit in dress shoes and sneakers, full or partial length orthotics, rigid, semi-rigid, or softer orthotics based on age, activity level, and diagnosis. Both in-house and laboratory orthotics are fabricated from the latest technology in foot orthotic materials, affording the patient with the greatest wear, biomechanical control, and shock absorbency ability.
Orthotics are only a part of a complete rehabilitation program. Manual therapy, exercise and movement re-education may also be a part of your successful return to activity.
Video Gait Analysis
The video camera is an effective tool to show the physical therapist and you how you move. We can watch you walk and run, with/without shoes, with/without orthotics to assess what is provoking your pain. A replay of your motion can then be analyzed step-by-step to discover faulty positions or timing of movement. This information may allow the cause of your pain to be determined. The camera can also provide real time biofeedback of how you are moving at that moment.