Are They Really Worth the Cost?
Custom orthotics aren’t just a cushion for your shoes; they’re an investment in your health and comfort. Living with constant foot and ankle pain takes a toll on your body and mind. Leaving it untreated or using the wrong kind of orthotic can ultimately worsen the condition that’s causing the pain.
Custom orthotics not only help with foot and ankle pain, but because the feet are the foundation of the body, orthotics can even help with knee, hip, and back pain. When the feet are aligned properly, the rest of the body usually follows.
Types of Custom Orthotics
Orthotics come in a variety of materials to accommodate a variety of problems but typically differ by type:
Functional orthotics are made from rigid materials to support the foot, control motion below the ankle, and improve mobility. They are often used for conditions like arthritis, high arches, neuromuscular disorders, and more.
Accommodative orthotics are made of softer materials and provide cushioning. They’re commonly used to reduce stress from walking and standing, reduce the force on the sole, and manage balance and weight distribution. They’re often used for conditions like arthritis, deformities, and diabetic wounds.
Semi-rigid orthotics are a combination of soft and rigid materials. They improve balance, relieve pressure, and absorb shock. They’re often used by athletes or for children with toeing disorders.