Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic

Alex Yanovskiy, DPM

Board Certified Podiatrist, Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Des Plaines, IL

Custom-designed orthotics are one of the most effective solutions for resolving chronic foot, ankle, and lower leg pain. With his expertise in modern podiatric treatment solutions, Alex Yanovskiy, DPM, of Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic in Des Plaines, Illinois, designs innovative orthotic inserts that are tailored to you and your condition. Learn more about supportive orthotic inserts by booking an appointment. Click on the online scheduler, or call the clinic directly.


Do I need shoe orthotics?

Orthotics are specialized inserts you place into your shoes to help perfectly align your feet, ankles, and overall skeleton. You may benefit from medical-grade shoe orthotics to get relief from:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Sprained ankle
  • Bunions or hammertoes
  • Heel pain
  • Flat feet
  • High arches

Shoe orthotics are even beneficial for supporting your feet and ankles and preventing pain associated with working on your feet all day, running long distances, or playing sports.

Which type of shoe orthotics do I need?

Shoe orthotics are prescription inserts that are designed specifically for your feet, as well as any underlying condition that causes pain and inflammation. Some of the most common types of shoe orthotics offered at Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic are described below.

Accommodative orthotics

Accommodative orthotics are soft and flexible and provide cushioning if you have soreness across the bottom of your foot from diabetic wounds, plantar fasciitis, or another issue. These orthotics are slightly bulky and are sometimes best paired with diabetic shoes or wide-fitting footwear.

Functional orthotics

Functional orthotics are stiffer and more rigid than accommodative orthotics. They’re ideal for slipping into dress shoes to help with chronic foot, ankle, lower leg, and hip pain.

Heel inserts

Heel inserts are wedge-like devices that you place in the heel of your shoe. They provide support if you have fallen arches or flat feet and can prevent tendonitis and ankle pain flare-ups.

How are custom orthotics made?

Dr. Yanovskiy performs a comprehensive foot and ankle evaluation to determine which type of custom orthotic is right for you. To ensure your orthotics are perfectly designed for each of your feet, he uses a high-definition 3D computer model or casting material to gather molds of your feet.

He sends your molds and orthotic prescription off to the lab to have your orthotics fabricated. Within a couple of weeks, your new orthotics arrive at Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic, and Dr. Yanovskiy has you come in to ensure they’re properly and comfortably supporting you. He can make any necessary adjustments right in the office.

Book your orthotics evaluation at Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic today. Schedule your visit online or over the phone.