Orthotics Specialist

Eric J Roberts, DPM -  - Podiatrist, Foot & Ankle Medicine and Surgery


Eric J Roberts, DPM

Podiatrist, Foot & Ankle Medicine and Surgery & Wound Care Specialist located in St. Petersburg, FL

Orthotics are special devices that fit in your shoes to give needed support and restrict abnormal motion. At Tampa Bay Foot and Ankle, experienced podiatrist Eric Roberts, DPM, FACFAS, AACFAOM, uses the state-of-the-art 3D Structure Sensor camera to scan your feet, allowing for the most precise orthotics possible. Call the St. Petersburg, Florida, office or click the online booking tool to get the best in custom orthotics.

Orthotics Q&A

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are prescription devices that fit in your shoe. They can be over-the-counter or customized to your foot. Dr. Roberts might prescribe custom orthotics for several reasons, including:

  • Improving foot stability
  • Redistributing your weight
  • Relieving pain or soreness
  • Improving foot function
  • Correcting your gait (walking patterns)

Orthotics are a simple but highly effective solution for a variety of foot and ankle issues.

How are orthotics designed?

At Tampa Bay Foot and Ankle, Dr. Roberts scans your feet using the state-of-the-art 3D Structure Sensor. This is the latest in foot measurement technology, which allows for maximum precision when crafting your orthotics. Because the process is completely digital, there are no messy or uncomfortable foot castings or molds. 

Orthotics material can vary according to your particular foot problem, what shoes you plan to wear them in, your activity level, and factors like your body weight. 

Orthotics that cushion your foot, for example, those that protect inflamed skin when you have a bunion, hammertoe, or foot wound, are often soft materials that still retain their shape. 

Orthotics that help correct your gait, for example, those you might need if you have overpronation (your feet roll inward when walking) are often made of rigid materials. Some orthotics contain layers of both rigid and soft materials. 

Can I wear orthotics with any shoes?

When Dr. Roberts scans your feet and designs your orthotics, he discusses your footwear with you. Some shoes can’t accommodate custom orthotics, so it’s important to plan correctly. 

Bring the shoes that you wear most often to Tampa Bay Foot and Ankle so Dr. Roberts can examine them and make sure they’re a good fit for your future orthotics. 

If your shoes aren’t a good fit for orthotics, Dr. Roberts can recommend special shoes that work better. For example, many people with diabetes get custom shoes in our office. There’s a solution for everyone, and Dr. Roberts helps you match shoes and orthotics for optimal results. 

To find out what custom orthotics can do for your foot health, reach out to Tampa Bay Foot and Ankle by phone or book an appointment online.