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Good shoe inserts or Custom Prescription Inserts?

Many people don’t know that there is a crucial difference between the two broad

categories of shoe inserts and custom orthotics. Mistaking the difference and

discounting custom orthotics can deprive someone from the important pain relieving and functionally enabling power of custom orthotics. Read on and learn the important

distinction between the categories.

Shoe inserts are the devices you’ve seen at the grocery store, drug store, and even a store of themselves. Shoe inserts are any kind of non-prescription foot support designed to be worn inside a shoe. For example if I wear a size 10 shoe and you wear a size 10 shoe we could buy the same pair of inserts and hope they work for each of us. Despite what the ads might say, unless the doctor has written a prescription for the orthotic, just for you, it is not a custom orthotic. That being said shoe inserts can be very helpful for a variety of foot ailments. They can cushion your feet and provide some comfort in a few conditions.

Custom prescriptions orthotics are specially-made devices designed to support and comfort your feet and only your feet. If I tried to share my custom orthotics with you, most likely you would react to them just the same as if you tried someone else's prescription eyewear, it just wouldn’t work. Orthotics match the contours of your feet precisely and are designed for the way you move. When preparing the prescription the podiatrist willappreciate the unique way your foot and body functions with each step, take a 3-D image of your foot, and take into account other health issues you may have. Then using a nearly limitless variety of materials, construction methods, and biomechanicprinciples they will order a custom made orthotic device for your unique requirements. Custom orthotics are truly custom. Your right and left orthotic may be unique from one


Podiatrists often use custom orthotics to treat foot problems such as foot and

ankle pain, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, tendinitis, and off-load diabetic foot ulcers. Fromworld class athletes and weekend warriors to patients suffering from severe and deforming foot disorders, custom orthotics can provide the best means necessary to maximize the comfort and function of every step for the individual.

Orthotics typically cost more than shoe inserts purchased in a retail store, but

when indicated the additional cost is well worth it. Prescription orthotics are also made of top-notch materials and typically last many years when cared for properly. Many health insurance plans often help pay for prescription orthotics.

If you are simply looking for extra cushioning or support, you may wish to try an over-the-counter shoe insert first. If you have serious pain or discomfort, however,

schedule an appointment with Dr. Burgon. He will assess you as an individual, take into account your overall health, and make sure you get exactly what is best for you. Dr. Burgon will also likely suggest additional treatment strategies to improve

the comfort and function of how take each and every step. Call for an appointment today at Summit Foot and Ankle in Farr West, UT, 801-564-1562

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