3 Things to Consider About Over-the-Counter & Custom Orthotics

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Jul 10, 2015 9:00:00 AM

3-colored-insolesPeople consider getting custom orthotics for many reasons – they can help manage the pain that comes from a foot problem like bunions, they can help correct an irregular walking pattern, and orthotics for flat feet can offer extra support and cushion in all the areas of the foot where you need it. There are two types of orthotics that you should know about before slipping them into your shoes.

1.  The Distinction Between Types of Orthotics

Orthotics – also commonly known as shoe inserts – are an easily attainable tool people use to give them extra support in their shoes, especially if they have flat feet/fallen arches. Over-the-counter orthotics can conveniently be purchased at your local retail or drug store in many different shapes and styles – from gel insoles to shock absorbers to padded heel grips – but they are made for the masses. Custom orthotics are designed to fit your foot and your foot only.

2.  The Difference in Shoe Support

Over-the-counter orthotics for flat feet do have some benefits. They can offer the extra support, correct irregular walking patterns that aggravate common foot problems, and assist with proper weight distribution. Custom orthotics, however, are designed to target the biomechanical problems in your feet because they are matched to the contours and measurements of your feet to compliment the way you walk and move. Neither type of shoe insert will ruin your shoes. But that really isn’t the question you should be asking.

3.  The Deciding Factor

Ask yourself this question instead: do you want something that will manage your pain or something that will correct the problem causing your pain? If you’re experiencing foot pain, custom orthotics are sometimes a recommended treatment option. While they are a good tool to help manage the pain, they won’t help you in the long run – but there is a minimally invasive procedure that will help called HyProCure®

The HyProCure® stent is a small device placed between your ankle bone and heel bone to keep the ankle bone from slipping off of the heel bone. This corrects the misalignment in your feet, which is the root cause of many common foot problems, as well as pain in other parts of your body.

If you’re trying to decide if orthotics for flat feet is the way to go, ask your podiatrist about HyProCure® first. If you’re visiting or living in the New York area, set up a free consultation with a podiatrist in NYC at Adler Footcare. Adler Footcare is classified as a HyProCure® Center of Excellence, by the Graham International Implant Institute, because of the safety, expertise and experience offered to patients.

To learn more about HyProCure® and custom orthotics download the free eBook below. At Adler Footcare of Greater New York, we believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.

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Topics: foot problems, Custom Orthotics, foot pain