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Difference Between a Custom Orthotic and Shoe Insert?

Orthotic Shoe InsertsShoe inserts can be purchased off the rack at many stores, and are designed to provide additional cushioning and support for your feet. Shoe inserts may provide pain relief for some conditions, especially if it’s not severe, but because shoe inserts are mass-produced while every foot is unique, they will not be the most effective way to address chronic issues. By contrast, custom orthotics are uniquely fashioned to fit the contours of your specific feet.

The experts at Family Foot and Ankle will make a complete evaluation of your feet and ankles and design a piece that’s right for you. Orthotics can correct biomechanical issues and gait abnormalities, which over-the-counter inserts can’t do. They are also made from higher-quality materials that last longer—even several years. For many, it’s well worth the cost.

If you’re dealing with stubborn foot pain, call Family Foot and Ankle Center at (513) 728-4800 or (859) 282-1572. We’ll evaluate your condition and determine whether you could benefit from a custom-made orthotic, or whether a good insert is all you need. Visit one of our six offices in the Greater Cincinnati area to see what we can do for you and your feet.

Dr. Cynthia Miller
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Dr. Cynthia Miller is a board certified podiatrist who has been established in the Cincinnati area since 2004.