Do You Really Need Custom Orthotics?

The human body needs good support and different organs provide different kinds of support mechanisms. As a result, they help bodies to function properly. It requires the support of our feet. Most of the time, they bear higher weight than their optimal capacity. Many of us tend to take our feet for granted until a time comes when we end up in pain. Feet can give up on us and stop working properly in one way or another if neglected, especially over an extensive period of time. There are a number of foot problems and various ways to treat them. Which treatment option might work best for you depends on a wide variety of factors including your activity level, the type of injury or condition you have, your pain level, and of course the cause behind it.

One of the most common ways to alleviate foot pain often recommended by experienced podiatrists is getting custom orthotics made specifically for your feet. Orthotics are not limited to providing relief for a specific kind of injury or condition. They can be useful for conditions such as flat feet or high arched feet, plantar fasciitis, neuromas, and Diabetic feet.

But is it really necessary for you to get custom molded orthotics? Why not just buy a pair of premade insoles online or in a store? No two feet are the same. Investing in custom orthotics ensures the best possible fit and most comfort for your specific feet.

There are multiple benefits to getting a custom orthotics for your foot, such as:

  • Superior comfort – custom orthotics are specifically created to fit your feet.
  • You can often use the same pair of orthotics for different shoes.
  • Reducing pain – orthotics help decrease foot pain when worn over time. They can also help with knee and lower back pain.
  • Enhancing foot support – custom orthotics provide a solid foundation for your feet.
  • Correcting pronation or supination.
  • Enhancing your performance when engaging in various sports or running.

There are several ways to create custom made orthotics, including using fiberglass casting, foam or 3D scanning technology which offers the most comfortable fit. Modern orthotics can take an average of 2-3 weeks to produce. But some podiatrists are able to produce same-day custom orthotics right in their office.

If you have been ignoring your foot pain for a while, you might be worried that it will take quite a while for you to get used to your customized orthotics. Technology has been our friend in many ways and one of them is by helping develop precise fit by using 3D scanning. However, it depends on your podiatrist and the services of the clinic that you are visiting. The only thing that you need to remember is that no matter how beneficial the orthotics are, you should not just rely on them. You should continue to take good care of your feet because they are the only pair you’d get.