Are you looking for information about custom-made Orthotics ? What are they and what makes it different from the cheap ones that you can just buy over the counter? These are all good questions and something that you might be wondering about if you were asked by your podiatrist to start wearing custom inserts for your foot or leg problem.
So what exactly are custom Orthotics?
Simply put, they are shoe inserts that podiatrists recommend in alleviating a broad range of conditions concerning the lower extremities of the body. These shoe inserts can prove helpful in treating foot disorders such as flat feet, ankle sprain, plantar Fasciitis (heel pain) and the like.
Custom inserts differ from prefabricated inserts that you can just buy off the shelf. Although the latter is cheaper and more convenient. Over the counter, inserts have their place for shorts term problems but are unlikely to provide any lasting results, especially for patients with foot and leg disorders like asymmetrical feet or bunions. In such cases, patients require personalised Orthotic insoles that perfectly match the profile of their feet and yield good results. Anything less and you might experience the opposite as an ill-fitting Orthotic device can aggravate the problem. In many cases, a generic set of inserts puts pressure in all the wrong areas of the feet causing more problems than it solves.
A podiatrist can fit you with custom sole inserts that match the features of your feet perfectly. The doctor takes images and measurements of each leg and foot which they then forward to the lab for technicians to use in fabricating custom inserts.
Cost of Shoe Inserts
So how much do Orthotics cost? Now that you have an idea of how podiatrists prescribe custom inserts it is easy to see how they tend to cost a lot more than the ones that you can just get off the shelf.
A pair of prescription sole inserts will set you back around $670 to $780. Figures include the initial and standard consultation as well as fees for the biomechanical tests, scans and plasters necessary to fabricate a pair of custom inserts. On the other hand, a pair of pre-fabricated inserts cost only $80 to $150. It is a big difference although most people with a serious foot or leg problem agree that it is well worth it.
Are you looking to get help from a reputable foot expert for a pair of custom inserts? We at “ModPod Sports Podiatry” would be happy to help!