What Makes Custom Orthotics Different? Are They Worth It?
Custom orthotics give us the greatest degree of flexibility and versatility to provide your feet with exactly what they need to minimize pain or abnormal function.
First, we’ll determine what type of orthotic device you need (functional, accommodative, soft, semi-rigid, etc.) based on our expert analysis of your condition. Then, we’ll take molds of your feet and send them to the lab so that they can create a set of orthotics to fit the contours of your feet exactly—not just approximately.
Custom orthotics generally fall into one of two broad categories:
- Accommodative orthotics are all about support, cushioning, and comfort. In other words, they accommodate an existing foot flaw so that it doesn’t cause pain anymore. They tend to be made from soft materials and are great for conditions like arthritis and wounds.
- Functional orthotics are all about stabilizing and controlling abnormal motion so that your feet and joints move in a biomechanically efficient way. They tend to be made of semi-rigid materials and are often the best choice for chronic sports injuries, among other issues.
Because they are doctor-prescribed for diagnosed conditions and can be matched to exact need and foot shape, custom orthotics offer the most advanced and effective level of care for those with more severe or recurring pain.
And because they are made from high quality, durable materials, custom orthotics can typically last much longer than over-the-counter insoles, and can even be adjusted (to a degree) over time as your needs change. This helps offset some of the higher up-front costs.
That said, not everyone will need custom orthotics. Some conditions can be managed with an over-the-counter insole or even a new pair of shoes. It’s our job to match you with the level of support and care that you actually need for your lifestyle.
To schedule an appointment with one of the foot specialists of Comprehensive Foot Centers—at any of our six convenient Metro Kansas City locations in Kansas or Missouri—please call (816) 455-1155.