What is the difference between orthotics and shoe inserts?

When you have foot pain, one of the common, nonsurgical treatment options that may be used is a pair of prescription orthotics. These medical devices are different than the shoe inserts that are mass-produced and available for sale at pharmacies or retail stores. A key distinction is that they are customized and made to specifically fit the unique contours of your feet.

Store-bought inserts can offer additional comfort and cushioning, and even some extra arch support, but are not created to treat medical conditions. Orthotics, on the other hand, are actual medical devices prescribed by a doctor and may be a component of a comprehensive treatment plan. They can help correct imbalances in the foot and relieve painful foot conditions like plantar fasciitis and metatarsalgia.

If you are experiencing foot pain and may benefit from the use of custom foot supports, contact our Palm Desert, CA, office today and schedule an appointment with Harvey R. Danciger, DPM. Call us at (760) 568-0108 or use the online form to get the pain relief that you need today!

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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle