Custom orthotics vs. store-bought shoe inserts: What’s the difference? Custom orthotics are prescribed by a podiatrist and are uniquely shaped to your foot, while shoe inserts are a generic, over-the-counter pair that isn’t as customized. When we design additional support in the form of an orthotic, we can treat and prevent problems like plantar fasciitis, diabetic foot ulcers, and bunions. Inserts might relieve some minor pain problems, but they won’t be as effective. Orthotics cost more than shoe inserts from the drug store, but they will last a lot longer.
If you’re looking for a quick fix for a night out, a shoe insert might be fine. However, if you have larger issues that are causing you pain, call Dr. Gene Reister in Richardson, TX, at (972) 690-5374. He can help you avoid surgery by evaluating your feet and making a customized mold that will address your foot troubles.