Basic over-the-counter orthotics are mass produced and sold through pharmacies, grocery stores and other retail stores.
- Over-the-counter orthotics have the added benefits of convenience and affordability.
- Many over-the-counter devices treat common foot conditions resulting from minor bio-mechanical abnormalities.
- They do not fit all foot types.
- They only support moderate bio-mechanical abnormalities. More significant issues will likely require a custom-made device.
- They typically have a shorter life span than a custom-made foot orthotic.
A custom-made foot orthotic is made specifically for the patient following an assessment of their feet and legs by a foot-care expert. A custom-made foot orthotic is made from a three-dimensional model of the patient’s foot and is fabricated from raw materials. It is designed to meet the patient’s unique and specific needs.
- Custom-made foot orthotics provide accurate bio-mechanical assistance.
- There is an ongoing ability to modify the device to create perfect fit and function.
- A vast variety of materials can be used to provide specific support and cushioning for increased function and comfort.
- Custom-made orthotics have a longer lifespan that may off-set the greater initial cost, but are covered by most insurance companies.
- Custom-made orthotic costs significantly more than an over-the-counter device.