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Are Orthotics and Insoles the Same Thing?

Monday, 22 March 2021 00:00

For healthy individuals, over-the-counter (OTC) foam or gel insoles or rigid inserts may ease some minor foot discomfort. However, custom orthotics may be needed for those who suffer from more serious foot disorders or diseases, those who have pain in the knees or back, or those that are experiencing a gait or posture issue. Getting a custom medical orthotic starts with a thorough physical exam by a podiatrist who will then be able to diagnose the nature and cause of the pain. If it is determined that a custom orthotic will help in the treatment of your particular condition, a 3D digital scan or mold of your foot will be created and a custom orthotic will be produced just for you. If OTC insoles have not yielded relief, or you are experiencing any foot, ankle, or leg pain, contact a podiatrist today.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Dr. Ira Silverman from New Jersey. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Willingboro, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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