There are so many names that orthotics are referred to as …..pelvic spinal stabilizers, arch supports, shoe inserts and insoles. So questions arise…are these all the same or different? Do they all have the same function? Why the cost difference?
Orthotics can be divided into two major categories: generic and custom-made.
A standard generic off-the-shelf orthotic is most often considered an arch support, shoe insert or insole. These can be bought at most drug stores – examples include: Superfeet and Dr. Scholl’s®. The prices are usually quite inexpensive due to the material they are created from and the fact that they are just one fit or mold. These types of inserts consist of only 1-arch and are essentially designed generically – meaning there are no differentiating inserts for the various foot conditions. Saying this though, some patients have reported that these insoles are comfortable and seem to make a difference in the amount of foot and back pain they experience.
A custom-made orthotic is a shoe insert that is made exclusively for your foot – it supports your foot in the areas that it needs. Custom-made orthotics is typically more expensive due to the fact that they are made specifically for your individual foot condition and because of the type of materials they are created from.
Custom orthotics can be divided again into two major categories: flexible/soft and rigid/hard. Both types of orthotics can be beneficial depending on your situation, activity level, problem area or foot condition.
In our clinic we utilize Orthogenic Labs and The Orthotic Group, which are flexible orthotics with proven effectiveness and state-of-the-art design; we are quite happy with the product, comfort levels and patient satisfaction. Orthogenic Lab and The Orthotic Group orthotics are created to support your foot while allowing it to have biomechanical movement (permitting the bones of the foot and ankle move through a gait cycle as you walk).
These stabilizing orthotics not only provide support for the feet, but result in better spine and pelvis stabilization and alignment. If you think of your feet as the foundation of your house you can easily understand how unbalanced feet, like an un-even foundation of a house, can cause problems above.
If you have questions or want to find out if orthotics might be beneficial for you, you can contact us via phone or email. We look forward to hearing from you.
Dr. Ivano Costa
Chiropractic Rehab Specialist and Acupuncturist