The Value of Custom Orthotics
You might think that, if orthotics can be so useful, then a pair of prefabricated inserts from the store would be a wise decision. But that is often not the case!
Custom orthotics are designed specifically to the shape and needs of your feet, much like a pair of eyeglasses are made to fit the specific needs of only one pair of eyes. We capture a model of each foot shape, then prescribe specific thicknesses and types of materials depending on what issues need to be addressed.
This does mean that custom orthotics are typically higher-priced than prefabricated inserts, but they are also often much more effective and last much longer.
That said, If we believe a prefabricated insert might do the trick for you, we will say so. We will only recommend custom orthotics if we believe you truly need them.
Additionally, many insurance plans will fully cover a pair of custom orthotics each year. If this is the case, you have little reason to not take advantage of this annually. Even if your current pair of custom orthotics are still functioning well, having a second pair will help prolong the lives of both pairs and keep you from having to switch inserts between shoes so often.
Will Custom Orthotics “Fix” the Problem?
In a vast majority of cases, the proper use of custom orthotics help patients find substantial-to-full relief from pains, aches, and other symptoms that the orthotics can help address.
However, while many custom orthotics are designed to provide corrective support and motion control for certain conditions, they are not like braces on teeth that will eventually realign the structure of the foot. For most adults, the only method that can provide full, permanent correction is surgery – and custom orthotics are often seen as a preferable alternative.
This means that custom orthotics are a long-term form of a treatment. If you stop wearing them, symptoms are likely to return – and, in fact, we see that happen all the time. But with periodic refurbishment and replacement, custom orthotics can keep you much more comfortable for many more years to come.