Custom Orthotics Specialist

Paul Betschart, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Advanced Foot and Ankle Center

Paul Betschart, DPM

Podiatrist & Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Danbury, CT

If you struggle with discomfort or dysfunction related to your feet or ankles, custom orthotics could be the key to reliable pain relief and improved mobility. At Advanced Foot and Ankle Center, board-certified podiatrist Paul Betschart, DPM, uses custom orthotics to address a wide range of foot and ankle conditions. Located in Danbury, Connecticut, the practice specializes in personalized, comprehensive care for patients of all ages. To learn more, schedule your appointment by phone or online today.

Custom Orthotics Q & A

What are custom orthotics?

Custom orthotics are a type of shoe insert made with your specific foot structure and needs in mind. At Advanced Foot and Ankle Center, custom orthotics are the cornerstone of treatment for a wide range of foot and ankle problems. 

Unlike store-bought orthotics, custom orthotics can improve the way your feet function by addressing underlying biomechanical issues.

Dr. Betschart uses custom orthotics to relieve pain and improve the way you walk and run. 

Who needs custom orthotics?

Custom orthotics are a versatile tool and can help treat a number of different conditions like:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Flat feet
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Hammertoes
  • Heel spurs


Orthotics can also help with different types of back, ankle, and foot pain. Dr. Betschart provides custom orthotics made from the highest-quality materials and craftsmanship. The orthotics are made to fit the specific contours of your feet, ensuring they’re both comfortable and effective. 

What are the different types of custom orthotics?

Most orthotics can be broken down into two groups: rigid and soft. Rigid orthotics are made from less flexible materials like plastic or graphite. Rigid orthotics improve the function of your feet by controlling abnormal movements. Dr. Betschart uses rigid orthotics for conditions like tendinitis or plantar fasciitis. 

Soft orthotics are made from softer materials and provide additional cushioning and relief from pressure. Soft orthotics are appropriate for conditions like bunions, arthritis, or diabetic feet. 

Dr. Betschart also provides semi-rigid orthotics, which combine both soft and rigid materials to provide additional cushioning and functional support. 

How do I know if I need custom orthotics?

If you suffer from problems with your feet or ankles, Dr. Betschart can determine if custom orthotics are right for you. During your appointment, he performs an in-depth evaluation, including a physical exam and review of your medical history.

In some cases, he may perform additional testing like an X-ray or MRI to gather more information about your condition. 

For many people, custom orthotics offer an effective and reliable solution to their condition without the need for surgery or other invasive procedures. After your diagnosis, Dr. Betschart works with you to develop your treatment plan. 

Custom orthotics may be combined with other conservative treatments like physical therapy or pain relievers. 

To find out if custom orthotics are right for you, call Advanced Foot and Ankle Center or schedule your appointment online today.