How to Overcome Foot Pain with Advanced Custom Orthotics
Pain in your feet—from recurring heel pain to pressure in the toes—can be a symptom of many ailments and disorders. Ingrown toenails, diabetic foot ulcers, corns, calluses, arthritis, bursitis—these afflictions can make even the simple task of walking a painful exercise.
Orthotics custom-molded to the wearer’s foot have been proven to provide relief—not just to the feet, but the legs and back as well.
What are Orthotics?
Orthotics are insoles that support your feet, balance your weight, and protect your joints. While mass-produced, generic-fitting insoles can be purchased over the counter, custom molded orthotic insoles are made to order—they are designed to fit your foot specifically and provide the exact type of support and control you need.
Are Custom Orthotics Worth It?
We’re all familiar with store-bought insoles. They’re easily accessible, and they seem to get the job done—or so you think.
Store-bought orthotics, by their nature, have to appeal to the broadest possible range of people. That means the principles behind their design are also very basic, relying on generalizations of foot shape, foot conditions, and shoe size. But even if you trim up one of these insoles to fit your shoe, that’s not the end of your problems.
Because these orthotics aren’t designed with your feet in mind, they can actually worsen the issue. Ill-fitting orthotics can trigger new pressure points, lead to balance issues, or even weaken parts of the foot that you rely on for pain-free motion. They also often appeal to a wider range of people due to the cushion or gels present in their construction. These materials may initially feel great, but they do nothing to actually support your foot.
Benefits of Custom Orthotics
- Custom orthotics can be adjusted to fit your foot; store-bought insoles cannot be altered.
- Custom orthotics are prescribed by doctors; store-bought insoles are recommended by salespeople.
- Custom orthotics are made from better quality materials than mass-produced insoles.
- Custom orthotics address the root cause of foot pain (poor biomechanics); store-bought insoles just fill your shoe.