Different types of shoe inserts serve different purposes. While some may be considered “better” than others, the most important thing to consider is whether or not one type of insert will provide effective relief for your specific problem.
Over-the-counter shoe inserts are prefabricated and sold without a prescription. Their main goal is to cushion and support minor foot issues. Custom orthotics, by contrast, are made to fit your unique feet precisely and support you in specific ways. They must be prescribed and customized by a foot specialist. Because of this, custom orthotics can treat more severe foot pain, and even correct abnormal motion and biomechanics.
That doesn’t necessarily mean custom orthotics are better for you, however. Some people will do just fine with an ordinary insole, especially if they only need help with minor soreness, pain, or fatigue. Others will require the more specific treatment that only a custom orthotic can provide. Each case is different. That’s why you should always seek the advice of a foot expert first.
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