What are orthotics and what do they do?

Aug 23, 2022

Orthotics are devices that are worn inside shoes to help support the foot and alleviate pain. They can be used to treat various foot problems, including bunions, hammertoe, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendonitis. The good news is that, in most cases, the right pair of orthotics can provide your feet with the support, cushioning, and repositioning necessary to counteract the effect. Orthotics can also be used to prevent injuries in people who are susceptible to them due to foot structure or other factors.

Here are a few facts most patients are surprised to learn about orthotics.

1. Orthotics relieve foot pain. 

Feet are the foundation of your body, so even minor misalignments between the foot and the leg can lead to chronic soreness and pain—not just in the feet but further up the body, too. Orthotics can provide the support you need.

2. There are different types of orthotics. 

There are three main types of orthotics: custom-made, prefabricated, and over-the-counter. 
Whether your situation calls for prefabricated supports or custom orthotics, the important thing is that you see us first

3. Orthotics are easy to care for.

To care for your orthotics, avoid getting them wet and keep them clean by wiping them down with a damp cloth. You should also store them in a cool, dry place when not in use. Orthotics typically last between six months and two years, but custom-made orthotics can last up to five years.

4. The prices for orthotics vary.

Orthotics typically cost between $10 and $600—our custom orthotics are $575. Many insurance plans do not cover the orthotics cost, but we recommend you contact your insurer beforehand to check.

Are orthotics right for you?

Pain that keeps you from enjoying your activities and getting exercise only makes things harder and harder. If you’re struggling with chronic foot pain and haven’t found an effective treatment, then orthotics may be right for you.