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Different Types of Orthotics for Foot Pain

Orthotics are devices placed inside shoes to support and comfort the feet, often used to treat foot pain. Custom orthotics are tailor-made for an individual's foot shape and specific needs, while prefabricated orthotics are mass-produced and designed to fit most feet. Both types of orthotics help alleviate foot pain, improve alignment, and provide support. They are commonly used for conditions like plantar fasciitis, flat feet, high arches, and arthritis. Custom orthotics offer precise correction and cushioning, addressing unique foot structures and biomechanical issues. They can be especially beneficial for severe or specific conditions. Prefabricated orthotics are more affordable and accessible, providing adequate support for mild to moderate foot pain. They can be effective for general use but may not address all individual needs as accurately as custom orthotics. Both types of orthotics are useful, but their effectiveness depends on the specific foot condition and individual requirements. For proper assessment and advice, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact one of our doctors from New England Foot & Ankle . Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Wakefield, MA, Nashua and Derry, NH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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