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Orthotics Specialist

Tussey Mountain Foot & Ankle Specialists

Foot and Ankle Surgery & Podiatric Medicine located in State College, PA

Orthotics stabilize and support the feet to relieve pain, improve your walking pattern, or stop certain conditions from getting worse. At Tussey Mountain Foot & Ankle Specialists in State College, Pennsylvania, podiatrists Andrew Bernhard, DPM, and Kaitlyn Bernhard, DPM, can create custom rigid or accommodative orthotics, made in the United States, that can treat your injury or deformity. To schedule an appointment, call Tussey Mountain Foot & Ankle Specialists or book online today.

Orthotics Q & A

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts for your shoes that balance the pressure on the soles of your feet while you stand or walk. There are countless benefits to wearing orthotics, and they can help treat various foot conditions and accompanying back pain.

You can get orthotics over-the-counter at a drugstore to give your feet some extra cushioning, but the best benefits come from custom orthotics from a podiatrist. Tussey Mountain Foot & Ankle Specialists take a plaster cast mold or 3D scan of the bottoms of your feet used to design custom orthotics just for you.

If you get orthotics to treat a condition of the foot or ankle, they tend to work best when you use them within a custom care plan from your providers at Tussey Mountain Foot & Ankle Specialists. Depending on your symptoms, your treatment might involve anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and more supportive shoes. 

What are the benefits of using orthotics?

No matter your foot health, using orthotics can improve your comfort levels and the way you walk. While creating your custom orthotics, Tussey Mountain Foot & Ankle Specialists can ensure that your orthotics will meet your goals, which may include:

  • Reducing back pain
  • Treating plantar fasciitis
  • Treating foot pain from rheumatoid arthritis
  • Correcting an abnormal gait
  • Preventing a foot deformity from worsening
  • Improving your lower body mechanics

Your custom orthotics may add cushioning for the balls of your feet or your heel. These areas withstand a lot of pressure, and the extra support helps prevent problems from getting worse. In addition to your comprehensive foot care plan, custom orthotics may help you avoid surgery. 

Which materials are in orthotics?

There are a few different materials that work well for custom orthotics. Your podiatrists  at Tussey Mountain Foot & Ankle Specialists review several options and consider their benefits for your specific concerns. Orthotic materials fall into two categories:


Rigid orthotics use solid, nonflexible materials such as carbon fiber or plastic. They’re durable and can support high arches, among other conditions. 


Accommodative orthotics have some flexibility and provide extra cushioning for the soles of your feet. They also absorb shock. Since they’re not as durable as rigid orthotics, you may need to repair or replace them more often. 

If you have a foot problem that might benefit from custom orthotics, call Tussey Mountain Foot & Ankle Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.