Custom Orthotics

With over 100 million Americans suffering from knee pain and 80% experiencing back problems, Corey's Bootery understands the need to address these problems. As a result, we provide both custom orthotics and over-the-counter inserts to accomodate any foot type. Our staff will work with you to understand your issues, create a plan and develop a solution.

Why a Custom Orthotic?

Do you suffer from foot, knee, hip, or lower back pain? If so, a custom orthotic will help reduce pain, wear, and stress on these areas. Custom orthotics are tailored to meet any individual's needs. Utilizing the latest software and technology available, Corey's is able to alleviate your pains.

Our feet are the only parts of our body that make constant contact with the ground. Isn't it important that they are able to do their job as effectively as possible? A custom orthotic is fabricated to help with the alignment of the foot and the body to aid in daily activities or specific activities. Custom orthotics are able to increase performance of the body as a whole and are often used in sports, as they are able to increase our body's efficiency. Every foot is different, similar to our fingerprints. This is why over-the-counter-options generally do not compare to properly made custom orthotics. Grand Rapids, MI, residents and residents from all across Western Michigan travel to our facility in Kalamazoo to experience the difference.

How are Custom Orthotics Casted?

Corey's Bootery has the latest technology available in the fabrication of custom inserts. With the use of the Delcam IQUBE, our Certified Pedorthists are able to take a 3D scan of the foot. With the use of Aerospace technology, the scanner is able to capture the foot within a hair's width of accuracy. This is unheard of in other casting techniques such as foam or plaster casting, which are most commonly used. Corey's Bootery uses this image to create a 100% custom-made foot orthotic for your feet.

Custom orthotics can be made many different ways. One of the most common ways is by the use of a foam box. In this method the patient is either standing or sitting and the foot is pressed into a box of foam that captures the bottom aspect of the foot. This can be good for some feet, however it may lack accuracy. This is one of the least accurate ways of capturing a cast of the foot. The foam expands as the foot is pressed down and can create a wider image of the foot. Foam impressions can also allow the foot to be maligned as it is pushed downward, creating a false image of the foot. The benefits of a foam box however, are cleanliness, ease of use, and speed.

Custom Orthotics

Plaster bandage can also be used to cast the foot for a custom orthotic. This technique is the 2nd most accurate method. Plaster casting can be very time consuming and messy, so it is not often used. This method allows for the natural position of the foot to be captured for a more precise fitment. This is mainly used when fabricating a plastic orthotic that requires great detail.

Corey's Bootery's Certified Pedorthists have used all three techniques and are specifically trained in each. This allows for the pedorthist to use the proper casting technique for your foot. The 3D Delcam scanner is most commonly used due to its efficiency, accuracy and cleanliness when casting custom orthotics. People travel from Grand Rapids, Mi. and the surrounding area all the way to Kalamazoo for our unique custom insoles.

What happens after my feet have been casted?

After you have been casted/scanned our Certified Pedorthist will use the scan of your foot to create a digital model of your orthotic according to your scan. After the modeling step has been completed, the orthotic is sent to a CNC machine located at Corey's Bootery for production. Corey's Bootery's CNC router cuts out your Orthotic to a thousandth of a mm. That is closer than a single hair's width. Once the machine has produced the inserts, they are finished with the addition of a top cover and any other modifications specified by your pedorthist. This process allows us to make an identical pair of your orthotics at any time.

I have had orthotics in the past from the podiatrist but they were too hard. Are Corey's different?

This is typically due to the procedure and material used. Most custom-made orthotics are sent to a lab after the feet have been casted. Orthotic labs are typically so large that they have to start to perform more generic types of orthotics in order to keep cost low, turnover fast, and a consistent product. Our staff at Corey's Bootery is aware of this and has seen it first hand. If you order a custom orthotic from Corey's Bootery, you will receive a pair of custom-made foot orthotics that are specific to your feet and custom to each foot. No two feet are the same, however, you will often see orthotics that are symmetrical. This is typical of a mass production lab. This is why Corey's Bootery's custom insoles are such a great choice.

Where are Corey's Bootery's orthotics made?

Every orthotic is made on location in our Kalamazoo Facility. Our staff is highly educated in the evaluation, casting, and fabrication of custom orthotics and has experience with each type of foot, orthotic, and casting technique. We stand behind our products and ensure that each customer receives the highest quality orthotic for their feet.

How long does it take?

Four to seven days.

How long does it take to get used to my new orthotics?

We recommend slowly breaking in your new orthotics over the course of a week. Start by wearing them for two hours the first day and increasing an hour a day for a week. The orthotics that have been crafted to you and are designed to support and reposition the foot for improved alignment of the body and foot. Our bodies may need to adapt and compensate, which is why it may be necessary to break in a new set of custom orthotics gradually.

I have orthotics, how often should they be replaced?

The body goes through periods of change, and we typically recommend having your orthotics replaced every five years. With major weight loss, weight gain or injury, you should have your orthotics checked by one of our certified pedorthists.

Are there different styles/types of Orthotics?

Yes, there are many different styles/types available — each is designed for a particular activity or shoe style. Corey's offers an extensive line of custom orthotics to accomodate dress, walking, running and kids shoes. Grand Rapids, MI, and Kalamazoo patients love the wide variety we offer. Each orthotic is custom fabricated to your specific pain, activity, and feet. Take a look at some of our different styles below.

What is the difference between accomodative orthotics and functional orthotics?

A functional orthotic is normally made of a firmer material, such as plastic and is designed to realign the foot and body in accordance with range of motion and flexibility. An accommodative orthotic is supporting the foot in its current position. Corey's Bootery has years of experience in both and realizes that each style/type has an appropriate time to be used. Call us today, so our certified pedorthists can evaluate and determine which style/type is right for your feet.

View some of our more common styles/types of custom orthotics below:

Soft Accomodative Custom Orthotic

Corey's Accommodative Custom insert Collection

Our soft trilaminate orthotic is ideal for patients with diabetes, neuropathy, or just sensitive feet.

  • Made of 1/8" plastizote, 1/8" Poron, 1/8" EVA, and posted with a firm cork base
  • Made in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Medium Accommodative Custom Orthotic

Corey's Accommodative Custom insert Collection

Our medium density orthotic is ideal for the average person, providing an equal amount of support and cushioning.

  • Made of 1/8" EVA, 1/8" Poron, 1/8" EVA, and posted with a firm cork base
  • Made in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Firm Accommodative Orthotic

Corey's Accommodative Custom Insert Collection

Our Firm density orthotic is ideal for patients in need of firm support without the feeling of plastic. Also good for highly active patients.

  • Made of 1/8" EVA, 1/8" EFM, and posted with a firm cork base
  • Made in Kalamazoo, Mi

Functional UCBL Orthotic

Corey's Functional Custom Orthotic collection

Our UCBL type orthotic provides the most control and correction of any of our orthotics available. Great for patients with extremely high arches and several foot deformities.

  • Made from a plaster cast of the foot, with hindfoot and forefoot corrections made intrinsicly to the cast rather than the insert itself.
  • Made from eithier 3mm or 4mm polypropelyne and can be eithier intrinsicly or extrinsicly posted at the heel.
  • Made in Kalamazoo, Mi

Functional Full Length Orthotic

Corey's Functional Custom Orthotic collection

Our Full length functional orthotic is designed for control and comfort. Great for plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, and many other foot pathologies.

  • Made from eithier 3mm or 4mm polypropelyne, intrinsicly or extrinsicly posted at the rearfoot depending on patients foot type, and covered by 1/4" Spenco.
  • Made in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Functional 3/4 Length Orthotic

Corey's Functional Custom Orthotic Collection

Our 3/4 length custom orthotic is designed for patients needing a versitile orthotic that is able to be worn in dress shoes or shoes without a removable insert. Great for plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, and many other foot pathologies.

  • Made from eithier 3mm or 4mm polypropelyne, intrinsicly or extrinsicly posted at the rearfoot depending on patients foot type and left uncovered to reduce the total thickness of the orthotic.
  • Made in Kalamazoo, Michigan