Get Back on Your Feet, Literally: OTC versus Custom Orthotics
When it comes to foot pain, no matter the cause, getting relief is a major priority. Since you spend so much time on your feet, whether it be at work, at home, at the gym or on the court/field/ice, getting rid of that pain is essential. One of the best ways to do that is with foot orthotics, but with so many options available it can be difficult to know which option is best, especially when it comes to over-the-counter (OTC) versus custom orthotics.
Check out this great video from Health Choices First: http://www.healthchoicesfirst.com/category/orthotics-pedorthists/general-content/otc-vs-custom-orthotics.
In it, Pedorthist Jody Weightman discusses the differences between OTC and custom orthotics. As she states in the video, both of these options are designed to do similar things, including supporting the arch and evenly distributing weight to balance the pressure. But there are some important differences as well.
- The shape – OTC orthotics are quite generic in their shape, designed to fit most shoes- but are therefore limiting in the fit as far as the style of the shoe. Custom orthotics on the other hand are made more to fit the anatomy of the individual foot, so they typically have better results.
- The material – custom orthotics are made from a different material than OTC ones, material that lasts longer and holds up better to wear and tear.
If you are thinking about dealing with your foot pain through foot orthotics, that is great – just make sure that you are actually going to get relief! As shown in the video, custom orthotics are your best bet when it comes to effectiveness and results, especially when it comes to the following conditions:
- plantar fasciitis
- patellofemoral syndrome
- lower back pain
Instead of looking for a one size fits all orthotic, think about having a custom orthotic made to fit your foot, based solely on your foot.
For more about custom orthotics and how to get relief from your foot pain please contact Athletic Edge Sports Medicine today by calling 416-800-0800.