North Star

North Star Podiatric Lab is an accredited prescription orthotics laboratory located in Hugo, Minnesota


Orthotics – Enhancement vs. Detraction: Essential characteristics needed to improve athletic performance

Orthotics – Enhancement vs. Detraction: Essential characteristics needed to improve athletic performance Orthotics for the feet have been around for over 150 years.  The initial foot orthotic device development had the basic idea of correcting foot concerns.  Handmade boots and shoes were the mainstay of the times.  Foot alignment in […]


Ten Points to Consider When Selecting an Orthotics Lab

1. Pinpoint Accuracy: There are several considerations when it comes to accurately producing foot orthotics. The lab must have the ability to read and successfully interpret the contours of the subject’s feet as well as the instructions and objectives of the doctor or therapist. Additionally, the lab must have the […]


Lengths of Foot Orthotics

MPJ— The length of a foot orthotic’s shell, mid-layer or top cover, which ends near the metatarsal heads Sulcus— The length of a foot orthotic’s shell, mid-layer or top cover, which ends just before the toes Full— The length of a foot orthotic’s shell, mid-layer or top cover, which extends […]


Types of Orthotics

Foot orthotics typically fall into three categories: Functional – Functional foot orthotics are rigid devices that are designed to correct abnormal foot biomechanics and the resulting lower extremity malfunctions. Functional orthotics are mainly designed to control motion in two major foot joints located directly below the ankle joint. Functional orthotics […]


The process of scanning to fit foot orthotics is quick, clean and accurate.

Fitting Orthotics: Is there a better way?

There are generally three ways in which to fit a prescription-quality foot orthotic: 1)      Creating a foam-box foot impression 2)      Building a plaster cast of the foot 3)      Performing an electronic foot scan All of these methods are acceptable means of providing specifications for prescription foot orthotics. The process by […]


Game-Changing Orthotics

Having the right-fitting gear is important in any athletic event, particularly when it affects agility and precise movement. Prescription foot orthotics serve athletes in numerous ways including providing shock absorption, arch support and stability. Just as different sports require athletes to make different use of their legs and feet, they […]


Sport Star STS

Introducing the Sport Star STS, a foot orthotic designed for the competitive athlete whose performance depends on maintaining total control. Sport Star STS foot orthotics provide all of the biomechanical control of prescription orthotics combined with shock absorption and stability for intense action including running, jumping and side-to-side movement. They […]

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Sport Star Lite

  Introducing Sport Star Lite, a highly functional food orthotic designed with the athlete in mind. Sport Star Lite foot orthotics provide all of the biomechanical control of traditional rigid orthotics along with added shock absorption and stability for rugged activity including running, jumping and abrupt stops and starts. These […]


Certified by the ABC

North Star Podiatric Lab is certified by the American Board for Certification. The American Board for Certification (ABC) is the national certifying and accrediting body for the orthotic, prosthetic and pedorthic professions. Since its inception in 1948, ABC has become the quality standard in orthotic, prosthetic and pedorthic certification and today […]

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Healthy Feet: Healthy Foundation

Just as a strong foundation supports a building in good and adverse conditions, feet provide the body with a foundation that if properly managed will support a person’s health and well being, even throughout a busy and strenuous day. When enjoying ideal health, it is easy to forget about the […]

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