Many opinions exist concerning custom orthotics vs. store bought. In general, over-the-counter inserts provide extra cushioning and arch support. Orthotics designed especially for your feet, however, take those basic accommodations a few steps further.
For one thing, they are made from a cast or 3-D image of your foot, so they are designed to fit perfectly. For another, they are used to address medical issues like overpronation, diabetic ulcers, excessive pressure on certain bones, heel pain, and neuromas, just to mention a few. When you work with a board certified podiatrist like those at our office, our trained medical eyes can look for the underlying cause of your foot issue (a machine in a store can’t do that). We provide an exact diagnosis and form a specialized treatment for it.
You may want to try an over-the-counter arch support or heel cup to see if it helps at all with your foot pain. If it does, that’s even more reason to get a custom pair that is made for you and will last. Call our experts at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona in Gilbert, AZ at (480) 981-1800 or Chandler at (480) 963-9000 and get help today.