Are custom orthotics really better than off-the-shelf inserts?
Yes they are, by a significant margin.
Store-bought foot beds—even those with built-in “arch support”—are mainly designed to provide a little extra comfort and shock absorption. This can provide some degree of relief if you only suffer from very minor foot pain.
However, they will not reposition the feet like custom orthotics can, and they cannot be used to treat any serious biomechanical problems with the feet or ankles. Whatever relief they provide is usually only temporary.
Yes, custom orthotics are typically more expensive up front than a pair of drugstore insoles. However, they provide much better treatment. They also last much longer, due to superior fit and being made from higher-quality materials. A good pair can last years and years.
Getting custom orthotics at Tucson Foot & Ankle Institute
At Tucson Foot & Ankle Institute, we use an advanced type of custom orthotics to provide the best possible treatment and care for our patients.
To get the right fit, we take a mold of your feet, then run it through a 3D scanner to get the most precise possible measurement of your feet. That information gets sent to the lab, which creates the custom orthotics to the exact requested specifications.
The orthotics we use are made from advanced EVA blended materials that offer a superior combination of semi-rigid support, flexibility, durability, and comfort. The same type of orthotics are frequently used even by professional athletes and sports teams.
Unlike less sophisticated custom orthotics—which provide support only when bearing weight—our orthotics remain in full contact with your arch throughout the entire gait cycle. This ensures correct foot posture even when not bearing weight, and maximizes the degree of support and shock absorption provided by the orthotics when you are bearing weight.
What kinds of conditions can be treated with custom orthotics?
Because so many different painful conditions can be related to improper foot mechanics, a pair of custom orthotics may be part of the treatment plan for conditions such as:
If faulty foot mechanics are causing you pain and keeping you from the things you love, a set of custom orthotics from Tucson Foot & Ankle Institute might be the perfect solution. To schedule an initial examination and get started on the road to healthy, pain-free feet and ankles, please give us a call today at (520) 545-0202.
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