If you’re experiencing pain in your foot, ankle, or knee, an orthotic device may be the key to relief. At Complete Foot & Ankle in Ridgewood and Newark, New Jersey, podiatrists Jacob Reinkraut, DPM, FACFAS; Michelle Suh, DPM, ABPM; and Danny Gomez, DPM, FACFAS, can help alleviate your pain with custom orthotics. If you’re looking for professional, custom orthotics, call Complete Foot & Ankle or book an appointment online today.

Orthotics Q & A

What are orthotics?

Orthotics, or orthoses, are medical devices you wear to correct problems with your foot, ankle, or knee. Most people think of orthotics as the padded insoles you find at the pharmacy, but orthotic devices can include any of the following:

Foot pads

Simplest of all orthotics, foot pads are thin devices that help with pain at the front of your foot. You can put foot pads on the bottom of your foot or inside a shoe.

Shoe inserts

This group of orthotics includes insoles, arch supports, and footbeds you place inside your shoe. These inserts treat various issues, including arthritis and flat feet.

Ankle braces

These orthotics support your ankle and correct problems such as ankle arthritis and tendonitis. Ankle braces don’t fit into your shoe but go around your ankle instead.

What conditions can benefit from orthotics?

Orthotics help correct a variety of problems by providing alignment and support to your foot and ankle. Foot problems benefitting from orthotics include:

  • Bunions
  • High arch
  • Hammer toe or mallet toe
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Flat feet
  • Runner’s knee
  • Diabetic foot problems
  • Uneven limb length deformities

What’s the difference between custom orthotics and store-bought orthotics?

While store-bought orthotics may seem appealing because of the price tag, the custom orthotics from Complete Foot & Ankle have numerous advantages over store-bought ones, including:


While the insoles you buy from a pharmacy may last a year or two, custom orthotics last 5-10 years, which makes them a better long-term investment.

Better fit

The doctors at Complete Foot & Ankle use a digital scan of your foot to make your orthotics. Doing so ensures a comfortable fit that corrects your unique problem.

More support and alignment

Sometimes a cheap insole from the drugstore is all you need to correct a foot problem. However, if you’ve already tried this and it didn’t work, you may need the advanced support and correction from custom orthotics.

If you have a foot, ankle, or knee problem you think might benefit from custom orthotics, call Complete Foot & Ankle or book an appointment online today.