Three Reasons Custom Orthotics Are a Better Choice than Shoe Inserts


Millions of Americans live with chronic foot or ankle pain. Madison Avenue knows this, and your nightly television viewing is probably filled with ads for over-the-counter gel insoles that you can purchase at any pharmacy or big box store. But those advertisements promise “just-for-you” relief from a mass-market purchase. That doesn’t make a lot of sense. Your foot problems are unique, and the plan for their treatment should be as well.  

Here are three reasons why you should choose custom orthotics over mass-produced shoe inserts:

  • Unlike one-size-fits-all inserts, orthotics are prescribed and provided by your podiatrist. They are medical devices. Your podiatrist will examine your feet and ankles to determine the precise cause of your discomfort, and then create orthotics custom-molded to your feet to address it.

  • Custom orthotics are able to address foot anomalies such as bunions and hammertoes with a degree of specificity impossible for broad-spectrum devices. These store-bought inserts are really only made to fit an “average” foot.

  • Podiatrist-prescribed orthotics are meant to be durable. They cost more than drugstore inserts but last for years. If your over-the-counter inserts cost less initially but have to be replaced several times a year, how much are you really saving? That’s right. Not much.  

Are you living with foot pain, or do you have any other concerns about the health and wellness of your feet, ankles, or lower legs? It’s time for a visit to your podiatrist’s office. With years of specialized training and experience, your board-certified foot doctor is an expert in diagnosing and treating all illness and injuries of this part of your body. Schedule a convenient appointment with Dr. Eric Kosofsky and Dr. Robert Rutstein in Hartford Podiatry Group’s modern, comfortable offices in Hartford and Rocky Hill. Call our friendly staff at 860-523-8026 or click here today to get started.