Orthotics Specialist

Nippon Medical Office

Medical Center located in Midtown East, New York, NY & Hartsdale, NY

Orthotics, which comfortably slip into your shoes, can ease and prevent pain, and even help you heal if you have an injury. With the help of James Tachibana, DPM of Nippon Medical Office you can get fitted for custom orthotics in Midtown East (Manhattan) or Hartsdale, New York. Learn more about the benefits of orthotics by booking an evaluation online or over the phone today.

Orthotics Q & A

Why do I need orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts that support your feet support and help to properly align your entire skeleton. Your podiatrist can recommend orthotics to prevent chronic foot, ankle, knee, even lower back pain or to improve any of the following conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Bunions
  • Flat feet
  • Shin splints
  • Ankle sprains
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Hammertoes or mallet toes

Orthotics enhance your shoes to ensure you get plenty of support in the areas where you need it most.

Which type of orthotics do I need?

Orthotics can be over-the-counter varieties or custom designed for your feet. Some of the most in-demand types of orthotics offered at Nippon Medical Office include:

Arch supports

Arch supports provide strong support for your natural arches, which is essential to ensure that your feet support your weight evenly. These inserts especially benefit those with flat feet.


Insoles offer additional cushioning and comfort. You could benefit from insoles if you have to stand or work on your feet all day.

Heel lifts

If your legs are different lengths, which is a very common thing, you could develop chronic hip and lower back pain. Heel lifts help balance your legs and prevent this pain from developing or ease it if you’re already suffering from it. 

Custom orthotics

Custom orthotics are molded to your feet. Your provider uses a plaster mold or a high-definition computer to create the design of your custom orthotics. 

These orthotics can be functional, meaning they minimize abnormal motion to treat injuries (especially sports injuries), or they can be accommodative.

Your podiatrist at Nippon Medical Office could recommend accommodative custom orthotics if you have sore calluses, diabetic ulcers, or wounds that require a little extra padding or cushioning to offload pressure and promote healing.

How often should I wear orthotics?

Dr. Tachibana spends time evaluating you and getting to the root of your pain-causing condition. To recover as quickly as possible, you should wear your orthotics as much as possible when on your feet.

Because it’s common to wear several different types of shoes throughout the day, Dr. Tachibana can get you fitted for custom orthotics to fit into the shoes you wear most of the time and then provide shoe inserts to slip into dress shoes (if your custom orthotics don’t fit).

Find out how orthotics can help you by booking an exam at Nippon Medical Office today. You can conveniently schedule either online or over the phone with the office nearest you.