Choosing Custom or Over-The-Counter Orthotics
Many patients may be familiar with what orthotics are, but did you know there are different kinds? Essentially, orthotics are shoe inserts that can help relieve pain or correct deformities in the foot. There are two broad categories of orthotics. There are custom orthotics and over-the-counter orthotics. The former kind is custom-made by a podiatrist to fit your foot precisely, while the latter is not. Some patients are curious as to whether they should choose to wear custom or over-the-counter orthotics. There are several factors to consider when making this decision. For example, an individual might consider the fact that custom orthotics can generally be worn for longer periods because they have a long durable life. Also, custom-made orthotics can sometimes be more costly than over-the-counter orthotics because they are specifically designed for your foot. An individual might consider that over-the-counter orthotics are mostly widely accessible. If you are someone that is looking to choose a kind of orthotic, it is highly suggested that you contact a podiatrist for more information.
If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Nevada. Our Doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
What Are Orthotics?
Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.
Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.
If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.
If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.
If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.