Increasing Your Support: Custom Orthotics
Experiencing heel pain, foot discomfort due to sports injuries, or unable to walk normally? Foot Orthotics are the answer to everything. Sometimes, your feet need that extra support to function smoothly, and foot orthotics can help you do that. They add a layer of comfort, alleviating pain & providing additional support.
Over-the-Counter Shoe Inserts
Over-the-counter shoes inserts are non-custom soles that you can slip directly into your shoes. They provide extra support and cushion foot pain. These are available in different types depending upon the area that needs support:
- Arch supports: They support the arch of the foot.
- Basic insoles: They provide extra padding & absorb shock while walking.
- Heel liners: They support the heel and the back of the foot.
- Foot cushions: They provide a layer of protection beneath the foot to reduce friction while walking.
They are available without any prescription but are not customizable. You can opt for your OTC insole by matching it to your feet’ size.
Custom Orthotics are custom-made insoles personalized to your foot needs. These are prescription-based insoles available in two types:
- Functional orthotics: Functional orthotics are made of semi-rigid materials to control abnormal position & motion of the foot. They shield you against conditions like Limb-length inconsistencies, Neuromuscular disorders, Flat foot, Bunions, High-arched foot, and Hallux limitus.
- Accommodative orthotics: Accommodative orthotics are made of soft compression material to absorb shock and relieve pain by distributing pressure evenly throughout the feet. They help you shield against conditions like Plantar Fasciitis or Diabetic foot ulcers.
Since these are not available without a prescription, you will need an experienced podiatrist like Yuko Miyazaki to analyze your condition, take measurements and create a mold that is personalized to your lower limb needs.
Choosing the Support That’s Right for You
Depending on your foot needs and conditions, you can either go for custom orthotics or OTC supports.
If you are suffering from general soreness, OTC insoles might be appropriate. But suppose you are suffering from severe injuries or foot ulcers, or conditions like plantar fasciitis. In that case, you might require a complete check-up and custom orthotics.
The ideal way to determine which way to move forward is to get an expert’s opinion. This way, you can explore all your options without leaving anything to doubt.
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