Custom Orthotics VS Off-the-shelf

Millions of Americans suffer from foot pain each year, ranging anywhere from the ankle, big toe, top of the foot, ball of the foot, and heal. If you are one of them, it is likely like that you’ve come across the many shoe inserts available at your local drug store. The problem is, those prepackaged shoe insoles aren’t tailored for your foot and quite frankly offer nothing more than just comfort. Luckily, there is a solution for your foot problem, and it all begins with a custom orthotic.

What is an orthotic?

An orthotic is something used to align, prevent, correct, or support a moving part of the body. Specifically, foot orthotics treat a wide variety of functions mainly focusing on pain. When using an orthotic it allows you to reduce the amount of stress on the foot and tissue, in return your body can heal back to normal function more quickly.

What are the different kind of foot orthotics?

There is a variety of prepackaged foot inserts currently available on the market, each claiming to target a different part of the foot and help relieve pain. Although any kind of support is better than none, often times these off-the-shelf products are simply a piece of thin padding to place in your shoe. If you are
looking for something more suitable for your problem, the more reliable option would be a custom foot insole.

How are custom foot orthotics better?

There are many factors taken into consideration when customizing a foot insole. Depending on your problem, the orthotic you get will need to support different areas of your foot. Because no two persons are the same, it’s impossible to make one size fits all shoe inserts. Custom foot orthotics are tailored to support your weight, align more precisely with you arche, provide firmness to target areas, and give you a tighter fit.

If you are serious about finding an answer for your foot problem, the best solution would be a custom foot orthotic. Although they are more expensive than off-the-shelf products, they are far more durable and will help you with your individual needs. Most prepackaged shoe inserts will only last you a few months and don’t target your personal particular issues.