What is the difference between over-the-counter inserts and custom orthotics?

Over-the-counter (OTC) inserts can provide extra comfort and cushion, and are often able to control mild foot pain. Because these inserts are OTC they are not customized to a specific foot type and may not fit properly; this decreases how well it functions. Patients who come to our office have often already tried OTC remedies and are still in pain.

For most patients who have chronic foot problems, custom orthotics are needed to get the right match for the foot for maximum benefit. Our office makes orthotics by taking a scan of the foot using a Sharp Shape 3D digital scanner to determine the size, width, pressure points, and other factors. The scan is used to design orthotics that are a perfect match for the patient’s foot. In addition to relieving patient’s foot pain, custom orthotics can successfully treat patients with body alignment issues including ankle, knee, and back pain.

To find out more about how to relieve your heel pain, call us at the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.