Many people have reservations buying custom orthotics when they can purchase an inexpensive insole from the local drug store. I thought I’d talk about the available options, and the differences between the two products.
Custom Orthotics, while more expensive, are designed for you based upon an impression of your foot. These impressions are sent, along with special instructions, to a lab that specializes in making orthotics. The podiatrist can specify the material the orthotics are to be made out of, the requested length of the orthotic, and modifications for specific conditions, all according to patient need and preference.
Over-the-counter insoles, while much less expensive, are not customizable. Instead of making an orthotic directly for your foot, you have to choose from a variety of standard options which one would work best for you. There are many different brands of insoles, and some brands are better than others. Different products aim to treat different conditions, and so it may be difficult to find an insole that has all the corrections you might need.
A decent prefabricated device ranges from $30-$50+ and only lasts a year or less before starting to break down. Some people with minor foot problems may be able to get away with purchasing a prefabricated device. But for those with more advanced conditions or deformities, there is no replacement for a custom orthotic. Dr. Carlson, the new Podiatrist in Tooele, offers these custom devices cheaper than anywhere else in the state. You can think of custom orthotics as an investment in your foot health; they last a long time and offer more than their over the counter counterparts.
Feel free to make an appointment with Dr. Jeff Carlson at Tooele Medical Group Foot & Ankle Clinic at 1929 N. Aaron Dr., suite L, by calling 435-843-3859.