3 Reasons Why Custom Orthotics are Better Than Store-Bought

3 Reasons Why Custom Orthotics are Better Than Store-Bought

Good news: A wide variety of issues — from back pain to foot problems — can potentially be solved by simply slipping something into your shoe. But before you head out and buy some mass-produced orthotics, you should know that the best results come from custom orthotics. 

That’s why our providers at Arizona Foot and Ankle Medical Center offer custom orthotics at our offices in Chandler and Laveen, Arizona. We can custom-mold your inserts to ensure they deliver the right level of support and cushion, right where you need it. 

To give you a better idea of what orthotics can do for you, let’s look at the three biggest benefits you get when you go custom.

A better fit

From the height of your arch to the width of the span of your toes, your feet are unique. Store-bought orthotics are anything but. It’s fairly common to need to trim store-bought options to fit in your shoes. 

Furthermore, mass-produced options may not align with your feet. For example, if your arch’s highest point doesn’t align with the high point in the store-bought insert, you might put unnecessary pressure on your foot. Or your insert might slip around in your shoe, rubbing in an uncomfortable way.

Ultimately, because you’ll most likely want to wear your orthotics every day, they need to be comfortable. Not only do we tailor our orthotics to ensure that they fit like a glove, but we also customize them to fit in your preferred shoe style, so they’ll never slow you down. 

Better results 

Store-bought inserts can do a few things, such as add more cushion to your shoe or provide some measure of arch support. But their mass-produced nature limits their functionality. 

When we customize orthotics to your podiatric needs, we can address a range of issues, such as:

If you’re just looking for something to make your shoes a little more comfortable, store-bought inserts might deliver. But if you’re looking for any kind of meaningful results, turn to custom orthotics. 

Better durability

The manufacturers of store-bought orthotics design them to be affordable, which means the inserts are often made of lower-quality materials. Most store-bought inserts need to be replaced every six months or so.

When we make your orthotics, we use high-quality materials. We create our orthotics to last years, even under intense conditions, such as if you often engage in sports with a lot of running and jumping.

To learn more about what custom orthotics can do for you, book an appointment online or over the phone with Arizona Foot and Ankle Medical Center today.

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