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Do you need shoe orthotics?

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Do you have foot pain? If you have one, you might wonder how a shoe insert might help you. It might help, but that depends on what the problem is. You can also use an orthotic.


You can buy inserts in stores without a prescription that can provide cushioning and support. These inserts are ?made of gel, plastic, or foam. They fit into your shoes. They can provide all support or extra cushioning on the heel, for your entire foot, or around the toes. Inserts are good for you as they can make your shoes more comfortable. 


Orthotics are different. These are prescription medical devices that you wear inside your shoes. They help in correcting biomechanical foot issues such as how you walk, stand, or run. They can also help you with foot pain that may arise because of different medical conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, diabetes, bursitis, and arthritis.

You may need to see a doctor that specializes in foot care, also known as a podiatrist, to get a prescription for such a medical device.

Types of orthotics

Rigid orthotics or functional orthotics

These are made from materials such as plastic or carbon fiber. They are best for dress shoes or walking shoes. If you have a shoo with closed toes and low heels, then you need this. This type of orthotic is good for foot aches and strains and pain in the legs, thighs, and lower back.

Soft orthotics or accommodative orthotics

This type of orthotics is made from soft compression materials. They provide cushioning and take the pressure off uncomfortable or sore spots. Such sore spots may arise from conditions such as plantar fasciitis or diabetic foot. However, you may need to wear soft orthotics with prescription footwear because of their bulk.

How to wear inserts and orthotics

Both over-the-counter inserts and custom orthotics should fit your foot well. It means it should fit the contours of your shoe and feel comfortable. While buying them, ensure that they are comfortable for you because if it rubs your foot in the store, it won't get better at home.

The cost of orthotics is more than inserts. However, orthotics made of high-quality materials may last for several years if you take proper care. Both inserts and orthotics can help you get relief from the pain that you are suffering because of plantar fasciitis and other medical issues.

Try Plantar Fasciitis Feet Insoles Arch Supports Orthotics Inserts for Flat Feet, High Arch, Foot Pain. The arch support improves foot and leg alignment, enhances comfort, and helps ease stress and uncomfortable caused by flat feet (pronation), bunions, arthritis, Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain & heel spurs), and Achilles Tendonitis.

The deep heel cup protects your heel during the heavy impact of landing while walking or running and stabilizes the foot. It is excellent for shock absorption and foot fatigue. The fabric also helps keep your feet cool.