Custom Orthotics - Podiatrist Kansas City, Lee's Summit, MO and Overland Park, KS Dr. Mark Green discusses how foot orthotics can help alleviate the symptoms of foot pain and possible knee, hip and back pain. Many common conditions seen by podiatrists are due to instability in the way the foot functions. Heel and arch pain for example, is often caused by this instability. If the arch flattens even a little too much, with every step that you take, then the plantar fascia, the ligament on the bottom of the foot that runs from the heel to the forefoot, stretches excessively causing inflammation and pain. The long term treatment for this condition to address the instability that is leading to this inflammation is with custom molded functional orthotics. What are orthotics? Orthotics are shoe inserts that are custom made, not only to the contour of your foot, but more importantly they are designed to maintain correct foot function throughout the walking cycle. They may be similar in appearance to over the counter arch supports, but they are a completely different being altogether. Custom molded functional orthotics are fabricated from molds of your feet, and are taken while the foot is manipulated into the position it is supposed to function in. The mold is then sent to the lab. When the patient is able to wear the orthotics in his or her shoes, they'll provide the exact support and control that is required for the foot to function normally. Wearing orthotics will maintain muscle balance, and eliminate instability. Visit our website: Call for an appointment: 816-943-1111