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Orthotics are custom-fit, doctor-prescribed shoe inserts that are used to treat many foot and ankle conditions. They help you stand, walk, and run more comfortably. Orthotic insoles are prescribed for people of all ages, from toddlers to seniors. Children with inherited foot shape abnormalities also benefit from orthotics.

Orthotics are used for many conditions. They can be used to treat ongoing pain, new onset pain, and to help prevent future pain. Orthotics support the foot and control strain to lower extremity structures by maintaining proper alignment. Orthotics are used for everyday walking and standing, for special occasions where formal footwear is necessary, and nearly every athletic endeavor.

Custom orthotics can be tailored to fit any shoe, unlike traditional devices that many formal and athletic shoes can't accomodate. Not all inserts and orthotics are the same. The off-the-shelf inserts that can be purchased at most drug stores may be helpful, but they aren't fabricated to fit your foot or tailored to your condition. The benefit of custom-fit orthotics is that they are created by a doctor to treat the problems that haqve been diagnosed by that doctor.

After your podiatrist recommends custom-fit orthotics, your feet will be scanned in our office using the most up-to-date technology. An infrared scanner takes a 3-D image of your feet. The image includes the size and width of your foot as well as any abnormalities you may have, like a flat arch or a bunion. These images are then used by our doctors to create your custom-fit orthotics.

How do you know if you need custom-fit orthotics?

  • You have flat feet or feet with high arches
  • You have pain in your feet after standing for periods of time
  • You not only have pain in your feet, but also in your knees, hips, or back
  • You're an athlete, or you are very active and strive to be physically fit
  • You have foot problems like plantar fasciitis, bunions, etc.

Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center has been helping people walk more comfortably and naturally and move better for years. Our board-certified podiatrists have over 60 years of combined experience treating all kinds of conditions. They can help you, too. So for custom-designed orthotics from a highly skilled, caring podiatrist, call Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center today at (919) 850-9111.

Patient Testimonial

"I wear foot orthotics with all of my shoes. I never go barefoot anymore, it's not good for your feet. I put shoes on as soon as my feet hit the floor in the morning and wear them all day, with inserts. I wear inserts in all of my shoes, even my slippers. I love them!"

To schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists, please call our office at (919) 850-9111 or use our online form to Request an Appointment. We serve patients from Raleigh, Cary, and Wake Forest in Wake County, NC and surrounding communities in and around the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina. Hablamos Español.

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Dr. Robert M. Hatcher DPM, FACFAS

Dr. Hatcher is from Wilmington, North Carolina. He attended North Carolina State University, graduating with a degree in Zoology. He then attended the University of Georgia for graduate school, studying physiology, before completing four years of medical school at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine...

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Dr. Kirk E. WoelfferDPM, FACFAS

Dr. Woelffer hails from Mound, Minnesota. After graduating from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, he went on to obtain his medical degree from Des Moines University in Iowa. He then completed his surgical training at Deaconess Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, under the guidance of Dr. Allen M. Jacobs...

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Dr. Alan P. Boehm, Jr. DPM, FACFAS

Dr. Boehm was born in Sandpoint, Idaho. As part of a military family, he spent time all over the country and four years in Japan during his childhood years. Dr. Boehm went to high school and college in Georgia. He graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia with a degree in Podiatric Medicine and stayed to complete...

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Dr. Jordan D. MeyersDPM, AACFAS

Dr. Meyers was born in Tucson, Arizona, but spent most of his life in North Carolina. After graduating from East Carolina University with degrees in both Athletic Training and Chemistry, he went on to the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Meyers completed his surgical training...

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