Toes on the Go

Michele Kraft, DPM

Podiatrist located in Carmel, CA

Dr. Michele Kraft is a board-certified podiatrist who specializes in holistic, natural treatment of foot and ankle disorders. She’s highly skilled with the use of orthotics to help her patients regain optimum function, pain reduction, and improved comfort for a wide variety of foot and ankle disorders. If you think you need orthotics, request an appointment online with Dr. Kraft at Toes on the Go in Carmel, California.

Orthotics Q & A

What are orthotics?

Orthotics, also known as orthoses, are non-invasive, wearable appliances used for the treatment of foot and ankle injuries and disorders. They’re used to provide cushioning and support to injured areas and to help reduce the physical impact on the affected area from walking, standing, or participating in athletic and leisure activities. Dr. Kraft uses orthotics to treat various foot conditions including plantar fasciitis, bursitis, tendonitis, diabetic foot ulcers, and arthritic ankles, crooked toes, as well as foot, ankle, and heel pain.

What different kinds of orthotics are there?

Shoe inserts — such as inlays, insoles, and arch supports — are placed in the shoes. Arch supports help with either high or low arches, while insoles and inlays provide extra cushioning for the bottom of the whole foot. Arch supports and insoles come in gel, foam, and plastic and can range in their consistency from firm to softer, more compliant materials.

Heel pads, which are also called heel liners or heel cups, provide focused protection of the heel area. Foot pads, which come in a variety of shapes and sizes, are used for smaller, specific areas of the foot that need cushioning such as a callus or corn.

Ankle braces are placed on the foot prior to putting on the shoes and are used for patients with tendonitis and arthritis in their ankles. Insole shoe inserts and braces come as standard, ready-made devices or can be custom made and sized specifically for individual patients.

If you need orthotics, Dr. Kraft determines which type will work best for your foot condition.

Are prescriptions required for orthotics, and will my insurance pay for them?

Shoe inserts and foot pads can be purchased over the counter and don’t require a prescription. Custom-made orthotics are fitted to the individual’s foot, so they cost more, and may or may not be covered by insurance. Plans that do cover orthotic devices usually require a prescription, which you can get from Dr. Kraft.

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