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Custom Orthotics Specialist

James W. Ratcliff, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Los Gatos, CA

Custom orthotics can help treat a wide range of foot and ankle problems. If you suffer from pain or dysfunction with your feet, let expert podiatrist James W. Ratcliff, DPM, determine whether custom orthotics are right for you. Located in Los Gatos, California, Dr. Ratcliff offers the personalized care you need to restore your health as soon as possible. To schedule your appointment, call the office or book online today.

Custom Orthotics Q&A

What are custom orthotics?

A custom orthotic is a device made specifically for you that you wear inside of your shoes. Dr. Ratcliff designs custom orthotics based on your unique foot contours and walking pattern. Dr. Ratcliff uses custom orthotics to improve your foot mechanics as well as provide additional cushioning and support when wearing shoes. 

Who needs custom orthotics?

Custom orthotics are a safe, effective, and conservative treatment option for a wide range of foot and ankle problems. Dr. Ratcliff uses custom orthotics to treat conditions like:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Heel pain
  • Bunions
  • Flat feet
  • High arches
  • Hammertoe
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Painful corns and calluses

Custom orthotics can also help with certain types of back and leg pain. Unlike store-bought shoe inserts, custom orthotics can address biomechanical issues with your feet. For many people, custom orthotics are a reliable way to relieve pain and improve the way their feet function. 

If you experience pain or dysfunction with your feet or ankles, Dr. Ratcliff can determine if custom orthotics are right for you. 

How are custom orthotics made?

The first step in making your custom orthotics is a thorough evaluation. Dr. Ratcliff begins by conducting a physical exam. He also reviews your medical history to identify any possible contributors to your condition like diabetes or previous injuries. 

Dr. Ratcliff also examines the way you walk and discusses any problems or complaints you have about your feet. If he determines custom orthotics are the right solution for you, he then captures three-dimensional images and precise measurements of your feet.

Dr. Ratcliff sends these images and measurements off to a lab that constructs your custom orthotics. Once they come in, he checks to ensure they’re the right fit and makes sure you understand the best way to use and care for your new orthotics. 

In some cases, custom orthotics are combined with other noninvasive treatments like physical therapy or shockwave therapy as a part of a comprehensive treatment plan. During your first visit, Dr. Ratcliff works with you to determine which treatments are right for your condition. 

If you struggle with problems with your feet or ankles, book an appointment with Dr. Ratcliff by phone or online to find out if custom orthotics are right for you.