Custom Orthotics vs. Store-Bought Inserts | Houston Foot Specialists

The newly revamped How Does It Work? Exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Houston is full of creative contraptions and interactive fun for those interested in what goes on behind the scenes in order to make things function, perform, and operate.

You don’t have to have a kid’s curiosity to wonder about such things, though. Our patients often ponder how custom orthotics work in comparison to store-bought inserts, and while there’s not an exhibit to explain it, Dr. Aleisha Allen is here to shed some light on the inner-workings of these helpful devices!

Store-bought inserts are a great start to providing you with added cushion and support, but only if that’s all you’re looking for or need. If you are experiencing foot pain, it’s typically the result of an inherited foot structure causing bad biomechanics and improper alignment, and a one-size-fits-all insert purchased over the counter just isn’t enough. While these devices can add comfort, they cannot actually correct the problems that are causing you pain in the first place. That’s where custom orthotics differ.

Custom orthotics are made to order, following the unique contours of your feet, and providing modifications needed to address your specific needs. A computerized device captures 3D images that allow us to design these one-of-a-kind devices just for you. Yes, they offer additional cushion and support like their store-bought counterparts, but they also help hold your foot in the proper position, distribute your weight evenly, and alter your biomechanics so that you step correctly and without pain.

From flat feet and high arches to heel pain, bunions, and more, custom orthotics can help with a variety of conditions. Find out more by giving us a call at our Houston, TX office. Just dial (713) 493-7372 and we’ll be happy to answer your questions or schedule an appointment. We’ll get you back on your feet pain-free!

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