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

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Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Libby Putnam
Dr. Libby Putnam
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Christopher Pappas
Dr. Christopher Pappas
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In brief: SOMETIMES

In certain instances, OTC devices are all you need.
Start there and see how you feel.

In brief: SOMETIMES

In certain instances, OTC devices are all you need.
Start there and see how you feel.
Dr. Darrell Latva
Dr. Darrell Latva
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Dr. Robert Mihalich
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Robert Mihalich
Dr. Robert Mihalich
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