Orthotics Specialist

Gelbmann Podiatry  -  - Podiatry

Gelbmann Podiatry

Podiatry & Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, Foot & Ankle Surgeon, & Orthopedic Trauma located in Near Southside & West Town, Chicago, IL

If you struggle with chronic pain or dysfunction of your feet or ankles, orthotics can help you achieve a pain-free, active lifestyle. At Gelbmann Podiatry in the Near Southside and West Town neighborhoods of Chicago, Illinois, leading physicians David Gelbmann, DPM, and Ramsha Tanwir, DPM, provide custom orthotics for a wide range of foot and ankle conditions. Custom orthotics are a safe and effective way to address your foot problem without the use of surgery or other invasive procedures. To find out if orthotics are right for you, call or book your appointment online today.

Orthotics Q & A

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are medical shoe inserts that improve the structure and function of your feet and ankles. Orthotics work by gently repositioning the structures of your feet and ankles like your heels, arches, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones. 

Unlike over-the-counter orthotics, your podiatrist uses molds of your feet to make your custom orthotics, ensuring they meet your specific needs. 

Orthotics improve the way you walk, run, and stand by supporting the proper alignment of your feet. Orthotics also help you avoid injuries by preventing sharp or excessive movements during physical activity. 

What conditions can be treated with orthotics?

Your podiatrist may recommend custom orthotics to treat conditions like:

  • Arch pain
  • Bunions
  • Heel spurs
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Hammertoe 
  • Corns and calluses
  • Flat feet
  • Morton’s neuroma

Certain conditions like plantar fasciitis or hammertoe can worsen without proper treatment. If you struggle with a foot or ankle problem, let the foot health specialists at Gelbmann Podiatry determine the right treatment for you. 

How do I know if I need orthotics?

To determine if you’re a candidate for orthotics, your podiatrist performs a thorough examination, including a physical exam and discussion of your symptoms. Your podiatrist also reviews your medical history and may conduct imaging tests like an X-ray or MRI to evaluate the structure of your foot. 

In some cases, your doctor may combine custom orthotics with other treatments like over-the-counter pain relievers or therapeutic exercises. Conservative treatments like orthotics allow your podiatrist to treat your foot or ankle problem without the need for surgery.  

How are orthotics made?

At Gelbmann Podiatry, the team uses 3D digital scanning to develop your custom orthotics. Unlike traditional molds that require a plaster cast, 3D scanning produces digital images of your feet that are much more accurate. 3D digital scanning ensures your custom orthotics have the right fit and function as they should. 

After scanning your feet, your podiatrist sends the images off to a lab to create your custom orthotics. 

Custom orthotics offer many benefits, including pain relief, enhanced physical performance, and reduced risk of injury. To learn more, call one of the offices of Gelbmann Podiatry or book your appointment online today.