Custom Orthotics vs. Prefabricated Arch Supports
In addition to custom orthotics, we also distribute high quality prefabricated arch supports for patients with more mild-to-moderate symptoms. The closer your foot shape is to “standard,” the more likely a mass-produced insert will provide you with satisfactory results—provided they are correctly positioned within your shoes.
That said, custom orthotics can simply do more because they are built to fit your feet exactly. This is done by creating an impression of your feet while in a “neutral” position, then sending it (along with any additional instructions) to a laboratory to have your orthotics specially made. For certain conditions or more severe pain, custom orthotics may be required to achieve permanent, lasting relief.
Custom orthotics also have additional advantages over prefabs. Although they can cost a little more up front, custom orthotics are made from high quality materials and tend to be much more durable (in many cases lasting 2-5 years, or sometimes longer). They can also often be adjusted in order to keep them at peak performance.
That said, whether your situation calls for prefabricated supports or custom orthotics, the important thing is that you see us first. Even if we recommend premade orthotics, it’s still very important that you get the correct pair—and the best way to do that is to consult an expert. Choosing arch supports from the rack at the pharmacy will usually just be a waste of money.