Custom Orthotics

Family Podiatry

Neil B Levin, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Sycamore, IL

Custom orthotics are an effective, nonsurgical way to relieve pain and improve your foot mechanics. At Family Podiatry in Sycamore, Illinois, the team uses custom orthotics to treat a wide range of foot and ankle problems for patients of all ages. Led by experienced podiatrist Neil Levin, DPM, the practice offers personalized care in a welcoming, relaxed environment. To find out if custom orthotics are right for you, book an appointment by phone or online today.

Custom Orthotics Q & A

What are custom orthotics?

Custom orthotics are medical shoe inserts designed to address your specific podiatric needs. Most foot problems are linked to issues with the structure of your feet. 

Misalignment can lead to chronic foot pain and dysfunction, and certain foot types are more prone to developing conditions like bunions and hammertoe. 

Custom orthotics work by repositioning the heel, arch, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones in your feet. Improving the alignment of these structures can improve the way your feet function. 

As you walk, the orthotics gently direct your feet to the correct position, which can reduce pain and inflammation.

Do I need custom orthotics?

Custom orthotics can alleviate pain caused by conditions like:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bunions
  • Arch pain
  • Diabetic foot problems
  • Hammertoe
  • Corns and calluses


Custom orthotics can help you achieve reliable pain relief without the need for surgery or other invasive procedures. 

Custom orthotics can also help prevent injuries. For student-athletes and active adults, custom orthotics can improve your foot mechanics and prevent certain excessive movements that often result in painful sports injuries. 

How are custom orthotics made?

Before recommending treatment, Dr. Levin performs a thorough evaluation of your feet, including a physical exam and review of your medical history. You may require imaging tests like an X-ray for a proper diagnosis. 

The Family Podiatry team frequently uses custom orthotics as a part of a comprehensive treatment plan. If you and Dr. Levin decide custom orthotics are right for you, the first step is taking non-weight-bearing molds of your feet. 

Dr. Levin then sends your molds to a lab that creates your custom orthotics. Custom orthotics are made from comfortable, durable materials and can be designed to fit any type of shoe. Once your orthotics come in, Dr. Levin goes over proper use and ensures they’re the right fit. 

Custom orthotics are highly versatile and can treat a range of foot needs, from children's issues to athletic concerns to geriatric problems. Whatever your age or activity level, Dr. Levin and his team are committed to finding the right treatment for each patient. 

To learn more about custom orthotics, book an appointment at Family Podiatry by phone or online today.