Three Benefits of Custom Foot Orthotics

orthotics photo - locateadocIf you are considering investing in prescription foot orthotics, it is good idea to do a little research before making this large purchase. Health insurance does not usually cover foot orthotics, so it can be a costly investment that not everyone can afford. However, once a patient receives their foot orthotic, it can drastically improve their overall health and quality of life.

First off, let's give a basic definition of what a foot orthotic is to make sure we all understand the basic treatment. Foot orthotics are in-shoe braces that helps to correct issues with the feet and other low extremities -- like the leg, ankle, thigh and hip. Foot orthotics are a fantastic non-invasive treatment to provide comfort while simultaneously fixing the problem.

  1. Jeffrey Radack, DPM, FACFAS pictureThey Actually Help Fix the Problem

    Prescription foot orthotics are customized to each individual patient’s issue to help alleviate any abnormal forces due to foot shape.“Even though the over-the-counter inserts do help some people with mild symptoms, they do not have the potential to correct the wide range of symptoms that prescription foot orthoses can since they are made to fit a person with an "average" foot shape,”  according to Coppell, TX Podiatrist, Jeffrey Radack, DPM, FACFAS, who specializes in foot orthotics.

  2. Relieves Discomfort

    There is nothing worse than going through life with discomfort in every single step. Before any doctor makes a customized foot orthotic, they examine the shape and biomechanics of the foot. This means they can create a brace that will actually help relieve pain and discomfort that can cause huge problems and discomfort in all areas of the body.

  3. Improve Quality of Life

    When one can’t even take a step without experiencing pain, it makes it difficult to do even the most basic forms of exercise. The risk of not exercising is a huge threat to the health of any individual, and it causes all sorts of health issues ranging from diabetes to cardiovascular disease. Once patients can walk comfortably they can focus on working towards other health and wellness goals.

Change Your Life for the Better


Foot orthotics help patients walk in comfort everyday, but that doesn’t mean this treatment is the best choice for everyone. When it comes time to invest in any medical issue, it is important to weigh your options. If you want to learn more, consider a consultation with a Podiatric doctor as soon as possible.

To find more information on foot orthotics, find a doctor in your area and get a consultation to learn more or ask a doctor your questions.


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