Orthotics Specialist

Range Foot & Ankle

Katie Evans, DPM

Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Specialist located in Virginia, MN & Ely, MN

If you suffer from foot, back, or leg pain and you’re struggling to find relief, you may want to consider custom orthotics. At Range Foot & Ankle in Virginia and Two Harbors, Minnesota, Katie Evans, DPM, proudly offers custom orthotics to ease pain and improve her patients’ quality of life. To see if you’re a candidate, call the office nearest you or click the online booking tool and request your consultation today.

Orthotics Q & A

What are custom orthotics?

Custom orthotics are a prescription shoe or heel inserts designed to fit and support the unique contours of your feet. If you regularly experience pain or discomfort in your feet or legs, and you’ve tried various methods of treatment to ease your symptoms, you may benefit from orthotics. 

At Range Foot & Ankle, Dr. Evans regularly prescribes orthotics to:

  • Provide ankle support
  • Correct foot deformities
  • Help your foot and ankle function better

She might also recommend orthotics to lower your risk of injury or additional problems in the future. 

To be clear, orthotics are different from the inserts you can buy at an athletic or grocery store. Dr. Evans only recommends them if other forms of treatment such as at-home exercises or different footwear aren't effective. 

Am I a candidate for orthotics?

To determine if you’re a candidate for orthotics, Dr. Evans physically examines your feet and ankles. During your appointment, she also looks for deformities and painful areas of your feet. In addition, Dr. Evans asks you to walk around the exam room and perform a series of simple exercises. She watches your feet and ankles closely during these activities to determine their positioning. 

If these initial tests don’t provide enough information, Dr. Evans might also order a series of X-rays or a bone scan to see if you have arthritis, wear-and-tear damage, or another type of injury. Finally, Dr. Evans uses 3D imaging to take scans of your feet. She sends your scans to a laboratory that makes your custom orthotics. 

What conditions can orthotics help treat?

Orthotics are incredibly versatile and can relieve pain caused by a variety of orthopedic problems, including: 

  • Flatfeet
  • Arthritis
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Heel spurs
  • High arches
  • Plantar fasciitis

Dr. Evans might also recommend custom orthotics to treat lower back pain or pain caused by a sports-related injury. 

Are there different types of orthotics?

Yes. There are many different types of orthotics including rigid orthotics made of carbon fiber or plastic and accommodative orthotics made of flexible, padded materials that provide cushioning. There are also shoe inserts as well as orthotics designed to cup and support the back of your heel. Dr. Evans will work with you to determine what type of orthotic you’ll most benefit from. 

If you suffer from persistent foot or ankle pain, orthotics may be the answer you’ve been looking for. Make an appointment at Range Foot & Ankle today by calling the office nearest you or by clicking the online booking tool.