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Are the store bought shoe inserts about as good as custom orthotics?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Mihalich
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 21 years experience
No: Orthotics are about comfort. If they are comfortable, then they are as good but custom do tend to be more comfortable. I recommend soft rather than hard plastic.
Dr. Christopher Pappas
Podiatry 14 years experience
Not all the time: Custom orthotics are made from a mould of your foot and are made just for you, whereas over-the-counter orthotics are made for the average person.
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 12 years experience
No.: The store-bought inserts tend to break down over the course of year of use, while the custom made devices can last over a decade, depending on how active you are. Custom inserts are also molded to match a cast of your foot, so they will provide much more individualized support.
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 42 years experience
SOMETIMES: In certain instances, OTC devices are all you need. Start there and see how you feel.

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Last updated Oct 27, 2017

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