Your feet do a lot for you, from standing up and walking to playing sports. They might need extra support, literally. That’s where orthotics come in. Orthotics are shoe inserts that help with a variety of foot problems, providing relief and comfort for minor pain.
- flat feet,
- high arches,
- plantar fasciitis,
- and more!
Store-bought insoles are a one-size-fits-all approach to supporting your feet. These kinds you’d find over the counter are typically made of gel, flexible plastic, or rubber, which can lose integrity quickly.
Meanwhile, a podiatrist will order orthotics customized to the exact fit of your feet. They’ll also account for any abnormalities or structural issues that may be present. This way, your inserts will meet your exact needs.
Since store-bought insoles only closely resemble your feet, they’re likely not as comfortable as specially-made ones from a podiatrist. Plus, if you want an insole that will work with all kinds of shoes, these are not the answer.
Generally, store-bought shoe inserts help achieve the goal of adding cushioning to shoes that need it. If hard soles are bothering your feet, this will easily add a soft layer to your shoe. Beyond that, these orthotics usually fall short.
Keep in mind that the lower cost of a store-bought orthotic comes at a price. Store-bought orthotics are inexpensive because they’re made for the general population, relying on basic principles of foot shape and size.
Our custom orthotics are comfortable and flexible and work to alleviate any pain you may experience. By using our digital orthotic scanner, we can make an accurate digital model of your foot without the traditional plaster. This new method presents detailed results and is faster and more precise.
Let us help you take steps toward being pain-free. Request an appointment or call (314) 487-9300 today!