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Orthotics are devices that are used to make the feet work in a balanced way.  When what happens from the ground up works well, then what’s above them ie.  the knees, hips, low back etc.  has the best chance to work well too.

That is why some people who have a hard time with their feet or gait (walking motion) end up having discomfort elsewhere.

Most often people who are interested in getting orthotics already know what’s going on — flat feet, high arches, plantar fascitis…

Sometimes, what is going on is subtle.  For example there may be heel spurs or a leg length difference suspected.  In situations like this, I would usually recommend getting an x-ray done first.

Knowing the information beforehand doesn’t change the cost of the orthotic but it means a more complete correction can be made the first time.  Finding out after an orthotic is made will mean additional costs charged for modifying them.

Technology is improving all the time.  If you have orthotics that are years old, I would recommend having someone who does orthotics take a look at them and give an opinion as to whether that style of orthotic is still being made or recommended.