If your feet ache or easily sore and find yourself moving less than your normal self then it may be time to think about a shoe orthotic or insert. Orthotics or inserts help us reduce pain and discomfort to live our best mobile life.
Inserts that you can buy in stores without a prescription can provide cushioning and support. They may be made of materials like gel, plastic, or foam. Inserts fit into your shoes. But they're not custom-made for your feet. They can provide arch support or extra cushioning on the heel, around the toes, or for your entire foot. Inserts might make your shoes more comfortable but aren't designed to correct foot problems.
Orthotics are different. They are prescription medical devices that you wear inside your shoes to correct biomechanical foot issues such as problems with how you walk, stand, or run. They can also help with foot pain caused by medical conditions such as diabetes, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, and arthritis. Orthotics might even help you avoid surgery to fix flat feet.
Typically a podiatrist will check your foot and conduct a thorough exam. They will determine how you move and if a precise mold is required. Here at Great Auk Medical Supply we can take that mold and turn it into a soft or rigid orthotic.
However, often times an over the counter insert will help those patients that do not have as severe conditions. We could make an argument that everyone needs some sort of orthotic insert in their shoes for better mobility and ease of walking.
Great Auk Medical Supply carries many types of orthotic inserts to help all different types of feet and aches and pains.