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What are Custom Orthotics?

What are custom orthotics? For that matter, what are orthotics in the first place? Well, we’ll begin with the latter question, then move onto the first and compare the differences between custom and OTC or over the counter. Read on to learn more about custom orthotics.

What are Orthotics?

If you’ve never encountered this term, that’s okay. Orthotics are simply devices which are used to help people with foot, ankle, and like problems. Basically, orthotics are shoe inserts. These help to do things such as restore balance, or correct abnormal foot motion, perhaps lessen pain in the foot or even assist in realigning the foot.

Now, we’ve explained orthotics, let’s briefly get into custom orthotics. And, the best way to do this is to compare and contrast custom orthotics and OTC or over the counter orthotics.

As you might easily imagine, over the counter orthotics are found in retail stores. By contrast, custom orthotics come from a professional crafter.

So, what’s the real difference between custom orthotics and OTC orthotics? There are different answers to this question. While OTCs are generally less expensive because they’re one size fits all, custom orthotics are made specifically for a single person.

Also, custom orthotics, because they are made for a particular person, are far more effective. It makes sense as a custom fit means the orthotics are made to help that person’s issues. Moreover, custom orthotics can be paid by insurance. And, are designed to have a longer lifespan.

As you can see, custom orthotics are clearly the best choice.