Orthotics Specialist

Portland Foot & Ankle Institute -  - Foot & Ankle Surgeon

Portland Foot & Ankle Institute

Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Portland, OR

If walking and running are too painful to contemplate, custom-designed orthotics give your feet the support you need to go that extra mile. At Portland Foot & Ankle Institute located in Portland, Oregon, expert podiatrist and foot surgeon Michael A. Gentile creates orthotics that fit your feet perfectly while helping you heal. To find out for yourself the difference orthotics can make to your quality of life, book a consultation at Portland Foot & Ankle Institute by phone or using the online scheduling form.

Orthotics Q & A

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are custom-designed, prescription shoe inserts made from state-of-the-art materials that support your foot, correct gait imbalances, and alleviate pain so you can walk, run, and move normally again. 

Orthotics help you achieve superior balance, more stability, and better posture. They promote foot health without the need for unattractive orthopedic shoes.

Why should I get orthotics?

Dr. Gentile may recommend orthotics to keep the bones, ligaments, and tendons in your foot in healthy alignment. Orthotics also absorb shocks when you walk or run, minimizing stress on your feet. You may benefit from orthotics if you have:

  • Shin splints
  • Runner’s knee
  • Ankle pain
  • Pain in the ball of your foot
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Flat feet
  • Bone spurs
  • Alignment problems

Using orthotics to alleviate your foot pain and gait problems also reduces your risk for developing complications, including bunions, calluses, and corns. Orthotics don’t just make your feet more comfortable; they help train your feet for optimal functioning.

How do podiatrists create orthotics?

Your orthotics are based on a physical or digital 3D imprint of your feet. Dr. Gentile then designs a treatment plan that corrects and adjusts for the problems causing your foot pain. 


After the lab creates your orthotics, Dr. Gentile makes sure they fit comfortably while also correcting your foot problems. He advises you to break your orthotics in gradually so that your feet can accommodate the subtle corrections without pain.

What kinds of shoes can I use with orthotics?

Dr. Gentile creates orthotics for both regular shoes and athletic shoes. Of course, the type of shoes you wear influences your foot health. He advises that you wear flat shoes (no heels) and that your toe box is roomy enough to allow your toes to rest comfortably and naturally.

How do orthotics differ from store-bought shoe inserts?

If you have mild foot pain, you may benefit from shoe inserts you can buy over-the-counter at pharmacies. However, these one-size-fits-all options aren’t custom-designed for your foot’s unique anatomy and can’t correct alignment problems. They’re also made with materials that aren’t as capable of absorbing shocks as those used in state-of-the-art orthotics.

When you’re ready for foot pain relief without surgery or medication, call Portland Foot & Ankle Institute for a custom orthotics consultation. You can also book your appointment online.