Over-the-counter orthotics are generic shoe inserts designed to provide relief for certain foot problems. They are made to fit standard shoes sizes and work best for those with fairly typical foot shapes and relatively common conditions. Although they may be made from a variety of different materials and vary in quality, they are usually not adjustable and may not provide adequate support for those with more significant foot problems. Insoles sold at pharmacies or sporting goods stores tend to be very low quality, but podiatry clinics or specialty running store may carry more durable and beneficial models.
Orthotics are specially created just for you, based on a mold or scan of your foot. They are usually longer lasting and of higher quality, and they can be adjusted periodically as necessary. Custom orthotics often provide superior results compared to OTC alternatives, especially for those with more substantial problems or with less typical foot shapes.
If foot pain or gait abnormalities are causing issues for you, please contact Dr. Keith McSpadden at North Austin Foot & Ankle Institute. We can help you determine what kind of foot insert, if any, is best for your circumstances. Request an appointment online, or call 512-593-2949.