Wondering if Orthotics Are Worth It?

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Custom orthoticsThere are dozens, if not hundreds, of products out there that claim to help. Some say that wearing or eating a specific thing boosts your athletic performance. Some products claim they’ll cut your energy bills, or help you use less water. Others say they’ll help you lose weight, or build muscles, faster. Savvy people generally ask, “Is this product really worth it?” Plenty of people do this with their health, too, including their foot health. When it comes to custom orthotics, which can make some pretty big claims about how they help feet, they really are worth the investment.

Custom orthotics are special inserts for shoes that are designed to accommodate and correct gait issues. Though their over-the-counter cousins that you can find in pharmacies and grocery stores are similar, they are not the same things. Pre-fabricated models are not customized for your individual needs and not nearly as durable as the doctor-prescribed custom ones. They are also unable to help correct gait issues.

Now, if you’re simply needing a little extra support or cushioning in your shoes, it may not be worth it for you to get a custom orthotic. The prefabricated models in the store may meet your needs just fine. If you have a persistent foot condition or serious gait needs, however, the over-the-counter styles are not going to be enough.

In that case, you need an insert that is truly designed for you—one that fits your foot correctly, and adjusts your gait or accommodates your hard impacts to alleviate your pain and improve your foot function. Investing in prescription inserts, then, is definitely worthwhile. They work by adjusting how your feet strike the ground. This helps your foot absorb pressure and hard impacts the way they are supposed to, all without adding stress to your lower limbs.

All in all, the only way to truly determine if orthotics are worth it for you is to have your feet examined. Our team at Podiatry Associates, P.C. will help you figure what your lower limbs really need. If it’s custom orthotics, our experts will prescribe you exactly what you need, and make sure they’re made correctly. Don’t ignore the possibility of prescription inserts because you’re skeptical that they’re worthwhile. Let us help you today. Make an appointment at one of our offices in Parker, Castle Pines, or Cherry Creek, CO, through our website or by calling (303) 805-5156.
Dr. Cynthia Oberholtzer-Classen, DPM
Founder and Owner of Podiatry Associates, PC
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