Orthotics

Castle Rock Foot & Ankle Care -  - Podiatrists

Castle Rock Foot & Ankle Care

Podiatrists located in Castle Rock, CO & Highlands Ranch, CO

What do orthotics cost?

The set of orthotics costs may vary due to supply chain costs and insurance rate changes, but averages $550-$600 for self-pay orthotics. Many times these are a covered benefit of your insurance. However, they may be subject to your deductible.

What is the process to get these covered by insurance?

Many insurance plans cover orthotics. However, they may be based on your diagnosis codes, foot and ankle problems, and if you have met your deductible. The doctor makes custom molds for your feet to create your orthotics. We collect the full cost amount up front before sending these to the orthotic lab to have them custom-made for you. We then submit the orthotic codes, along with your diagnosis codes, to your insurance company for coverage. If these are covered and once we are reimbursed by your insurance, we will then issue the patient the appropriate refund.

How long will they last?

A custom set of orthotics may last for many years. However, it is recommended to replace your orthotics after 5-7 years, as your feet often change and the materials may begin to wear out and break down with time.

Is there a warranty for the custom orthotics?

For patients under the age of 18, the orthotic company does offer an outgrowth policy. For all patients, we do request patients come in for an orthotic follow-up appointment within 2 months of getting orthotics dispensed. If there are any problems with the orthotics, the doctor and patient can discuss any issues and get the appropriate changes made. Some changes can be done in the office, but others require the orthotics to be sent back to the orthotic lab for more permanent changes.

Can previous orthotics be refurbished?

Yes. We can send orthotics made from various companies back to have them refurbished. This typically includes a new top cover and bottom

Orthotics Q & A

 

What are Orthotics?

Orthotics refer to devices that are designed to improve comfort and support for those with foot and ankle problems. These devices range from shoe inserts that are available at local drug stores to custom-made braces that provide a higher degree of support. Wearing orthotics has been shown to relieve common symptoms that are associated with foot and ankle problems, such as pain in the heel and stiffness or limited flexibility in the ankle.

What are the Uses of Orthotics?

Orthotics have a few different uses for those with foot and ankle problems. They’re used for bringing foot or ankle joints into alignment to ease pain and stiffness. Other uses include correcting hammertoes and other foot deformities and restoring or improving normal movement in the affected foot or ankle. Orthotics are also used to prevent deformities from developing in the foot.

What Types of Orthotics Are There?

There are several types of orthotics available to treat different conditions that affect the foot and ankle, including bunions, flat feet, plantar fasciitis, hammertoes, calluses, corns, claw toes, and Morton’s neuroma. Those that are available in stores offer convenience and a lower cost, but they might not fit properly and usually don’t last as long as custom orthotics. Devices that are custom-made cost more than store-bought orthotics, but they also last longer and ensure a proper and comfortable fit for each individual. 

How Do I Know Which Type of Orthotic I Need?

With so many orthotics available, knowing which kind to get can be a challenge. Dr. Herzog and Dr. Stone help patients at Castle Rock Foot & Ankle Care determine which type of orthotic device is most suitable for their condition. This depends on the cause of pain and other symptoms, where it occurs, and how severe it is. It also depends in part on the kind of lifestyle the patient has. For example, those who work on their feet all day might need orthotics that offer even more support than those who sit at a desk all day.

How are custom orthotics different from over-the-counter inserts?

Custom orthotics are made by the physician after a medical diagnosis is made and the foot type is identified. There are various ways to make custom orthotics, but are clinic uses the plaster-molding technique. The foot is held in the neutral position, which is your foot's ideal position it does not necessarily stay in when you are weight bearing, which is why we make them when you are seated. Following this, the molds are sent to the orthotic lab and recreated into a digital image. The materials used to create the orthotic are custom selected off of your foot shape and body weight, allowing them to be the most durable for you. Special accommodations can also be made into the orthotic to help your specific problem, such as taking pressure off of any area, adding specialized cushioning to areas of your foot and also to address any limb length differences.
 
Inserts such as Good Feet inserts and inserts from local running stores are not truly custom, but are considered semi-custom. These are much different than custom orthotics.
 

What conditions are commonly treated with custom orthotics?

Most foot and ankle conditions can be treated with orthotics. Orthotics are often not a stand alone treatment, but rather they are part of a treatment plan. Common conditions that are treated with orthotics include: plantar fasciitis, flatfoot deformity, high arched foot types, lack of fat pad at the ball of the foot, neuromas, Achilles tendonitis, foot and ankle arthritis.
 

Do custom orthotics fit in all shoes?

As they are custom, the doctor can customize these inserts based on your needs and types of shoes. We can make them for athletic shoes, dress shoes or a combination of both.

 

Insurance

Major Insurance Providers Accepted. Here is a short list of them. Please contact the office if you do not see your provider listed.

AARP
Aetna
BCBS
Cigna
Medicare
Rocky Mountain Health Plans
United Healthcare