Orthotics have various purposes, some are specific to a diagnosis, and others are for comfort or purely preventive reasons. The most common use of orthotics is to correct a problem with the foot’s structure or movement. A secondary purpose of orthotics is to protect the foot from overuse, so that athletes in training or people who are on their feet all day may get relief from their pain, even if they have a normal foot structure and gait. While orthotics aren’t for everyone, they do provide numerous benefits.
If you are one of the millions of people who experiences foot pain or referred pain in your knees, hips, and back, orthotics may be for you. Orthotics can help correct your gait, align your body, stabilize your foot, correctly position your foot strike, and absorb shocks. They can help treat existing problems like foot or knee pain while walking and help prevent future problems like plantar fasciitis, or fallen arches.
Many people often opt for over-the-counter (OTC) orthotics. These orthotics are basic inserts designed to provide some extra cushioning within your shoes and possibly correct minor foot problems. Drugstores often offer machines or testing to try to fit you with the best OTC orthotic fit for your foot. While OTC orthotics may work for some, they tend to worsen the problem for many since the orthotics are not custom fit or designed for their specific diagnosis.
Every foot is different and every sole is unique. Your own two feet also differ from one another. For this reason, it is important to invest in proper foot gear that is designed specifically for you. Custom orthotics are created to correct for your foot’s individual structure and how your lifestyle impacts your feet. The result? Orthotics that can help relieve pain and prevent injuries.
The main concern that most people have about custom orthotics is their cost. Traditionally, custom orthotics have meant a visit to a specialist with multiple visits including a consult, fitting and picking up of their orthotic device. As a result, custom orthotics cost hundreds, sometimes even thousands of dollars. The cost has made them out-of-reach for many, even those with insurance coverage due to factors such as out-of-pocket costs, copays, & deductibles.
At Arcus Custom Orthotics, we cut out the middleman, giving us the ability to provide you with custom orthotics at a fraction of the cost. With less time spent and less money on the table, the cost of custom orthotics online is worth the investment. Especially when it comes to your overall foot health and lifestyle.