Orthotics

Eastside Foot & Ankle

Podiatrists & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Portland, OR & Gresham, OR

If you're struggling with foot pain, orthotics can help. At Eastside Foot & Ankle, Brian M. Bowen, DPM, and Timothy J. Mineo, DPM, provide custom-made orthotics designed to relieve stubborn foot pain. Don't settle for store-bought shoe inserts. The Eastside Foot & Ankle team offers personalized care and customized treatments. Whether you're seeking help recovering from an injury or managing a chronic condition, Eastside Foot & Ankle has the expertise you need. Call either office in Portland or Gresham, Oregon, today, or book an appointment online.

Orthotics Q & A

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are devices placed inside your normal shoes. These devices help relieve foot pain by adjusting the way you walk, stand, and run. At first glance, they may resemble the shoe inserts available at most drugstores, but professional-grade orthotics are very different.

At Eastside Foot & Ankle, you can receive custom-fitted orthotics designed just for you. Custom orthotics are ideal for correcting problems with your posture and gait, or chronic medical issues.

What conditions do orthotics treat?

Orthotics can treat a variety of foot and ankle problems. They're often used to address foot problems caused by:

  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Flat feet
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bursitis
  • Foot deformities

Orthotics provide extra support for your feet and keep your foot problems from getting worse. Using orthotics daily reduces pressure on your feet. In some cases, using orthotics can even help you avoid foot surgery.

Are orthotics right for me?

If you have a problem with your feet or ankles, the Eastside Foot & Ankle team begins with an in-depth assessment.

First, the podiatrist at the practice examines your feet carefully. They may ask you to stand up and walk around. Next, they perform specialized tests to check your bones and tendons.

Your podiatrist may order a series of imaging tests to get a better look at your feet and joints. Once your podiatrist has a diagnosis, they help you explore your options for treatment.

The Eastside Foot & Ankle team understands that many patients prefer to avoid surgery. That's why they offer a variety of nonsurgical treatments, including orthotics.

How does my podiatrist create orthotics just for me?

If you agree that orthotics are right for you, your podiatrist takes impressions of your feet. They may use a plaster cast mold or perform a 3D laser scan. This information is sent to a special lab where your orthotics are custom-made.

Once your orthotics are ready, the team shows you how to use them. Your podiatrist checks your orthotics to make sure they fit well and are comfortable. If necessary, they make adjustments to improve the fit.

Don't settle for store-bought inserts. Eastside Foot & Ankle provides professional podiatry evaluations and custom-made devices like orthotics. Call either office today or book an appointment online.