Many people experience foot pain and find relief by using an orthotic. An orthotic is a medical device used to treat foot pain that is worn inside your shoe like an insole. Although you can purchase over-the-counter orthotics from several sources, it’s best to invest in a custom orthotic from a podiatrist. Having orthotics that are made to treat your specific foot health concerns will allow you to enjoy your day free of pain and discomfort.
The Problem With Over-the-Counter Inserts
Since the inexpensive prefabricated OTC inserts you buy at a drug store or chain store are mass-produced, they are not tailored to your foot specifications. Some patients have unique foot conditions that an OTC product may not be able to help. They may need extra cushioning or added support in a specific area. An OTC product would not be able to provide these specifications. There are some OTC inserts that have benefits but in order to discover if a product will work for your needs, it is best to consult with your podiatrist.
Online specialty sites selling prefabricated, over-the-counter (OTC) inserts at a high price are becoming increasingly common. These sites claim their inserts are superior to the lower-priced ones you find at drugstore or chain store. You may have seen an advertisement about how their product will cure your foot pain and provide you with immediate relief. These inserts are still not custom-made to your foot specifications. One reason for the high price can be that the company will recommend you use a series of three inserts throughout your day instead of just one made for your foot.
The Benefits of Seeing a Podiatrist for Custom Orthotics
There are many reasons why your podiatrist is the best source for an orthotic. A skilled podiatrist:
- Will take images and measurements of your feet and ankles
- Can analyze how you walk and determine the cause of your foot pain
- Can make the correct orthotic for your personal needs
- Will be sure that the orthotic fits properly
- Will not take advantage of you and has the best prices
Those who can potentially benefit from an orthotic include those with the following conditions:
- Achilles tendonitis
- High arches or no arches
- Patellofemoral knee pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Shin splints
People who stand on their feet for extended periods of time can also benefit from an orthotic. If you notice that certain parts of your shoes are wearing out faster than other areas, this may be an indication that you need an orthotic. An orthotic can take pain and pressure off of certain areas of your feet. It can help alleviate pain not only in your feet but also in your legs, hips, and back.
Using a custom orthotic from your podiatrist is recommended over an OTC insert since it is designed with your exact needs in mind. Your podiatrist may also recommend treatment along with using the orthotic.
You may be surprised to find out that many health insurance companies cover the cost of a custom orthotic. If you are experiencing pain in your feet, contact your podiatrist—not a specialty store or website.
Do You Need the Help of an Experienced and Caring Podiatrist?
If you're experiencing any type of foot pain, you should speak with an experienced podiatrist as soon as possible. Please contact us online to schedule your appointment or call one of our convenient El Paso offices directly. To reach our Sierra Tower Building podiatrist office, please call 915.533.5151. You can find driving directions here. To reach our George Dieter Drive podiatry office, please call 915.856.3331. Driving directions are available here.