Custom-Made Orthotics Vs. Shoe Inserts

By Marci Glover
Some people are born with high arch or no arch at all, also called flat footed. Custom-made orthotics is an equipment used to correct imbalance or misalignment like high arch and flat footedness in Toronto CA. It is a device prescribed by a podiatrist, doctors specializing on feet. A foot orthotic is used to support and realign foot disparity and poor foot alignments. Among the foot conditions treated using these piece of equipment is the Plantar Fasciitis or flat footedness. Using orthotics can also improve athletic, occupational performance and posture by realigning the foot and reducing the strain on the feet and lower part of the body.

These piece of equipment is a device prescribed by podiatrist and is not available for purchase on retail stores like shoe inserts. Shoe inserts, on the other hand are generally manufactured with cushion properties. Since they are not prescribed, they cannot be called orthotics at all. Using these shoe inserts can cause further injuries in case it’s not properly tested and fit on your feet.

Running for example becomes popular nowadays, as well as feet-related injuries. This resulted to commercial manufacturing of shoe inserts without further tests and prescriptions from a podiatrist. If you have foot condition and planning to buy one, better think twice. This is something you should watch out, especially when you have similar foot problem because these products might make your injury worse than you expected.

Podiatrists advise the use orthotics to correct foot problems like plantar fasciitis, bursitis, diabetic foot ulcers, tendinitis as well as ankle, foot, and heel pain. Their prescriptions are based on clinical research and studies. To treat foot problems, improve function and reduce pain, these piece of equipment should be compatible with your feet and shoes. When consulting or purchasing one, make sure that you bring your shoes and walk and run wearing them on.

Podiatrists advise people to use orthotics to correct foot problems, for example plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, bursitis, diabetic foot ulcers, and ankle, foot, and heel pain. Buying general shoe inserts might further injure your feet and worsen your condition. Prescriptions are needed based on clinical research and studies. Compatible ones will treat foot problems, reduce pain and improve feet functions. When consulting or purchasing one, bring your shoes so that you can walk and run while wearing them on.

There are shoe inserts that can sometimes be misinterpreted with orthotics. Well, they are not the same. Orthotics, custom-made or not, are typically costly than shoe inserts. Shoe inserts can be purchased in any retail store, while orthotic is prescribed by a podiatrist.

On the other hand, shoe inserts also have advantages. They can make your feet feel comfortable by providing cushion and support to you arches. But they do not have the chance to assist you rectify your foot problems or treat your long-standing foot conditions.

For best results, consult a podiatrist to determine your feet condition and what type of custom made orthotic is appropriate for you. The podiatrist will examine your running, walking and standing condition and will further determine what treatment is right for you.

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