There are two types of orthotics: over-the-counter and custom-made orthopedic insoles (also called custom molded orthotics). What are the differences between the two?
Over-the-counter inserts encompass a variety of different foot products including arch supports, insoles, heel liners, and foot cushions. Not all prefabricated insoles are made alike, however. Here at Tread Labs, we have outlined the types of over-the-counter insoles available to help you understand the best option for your feet.
Custom molded orthotics are insoles that have been prescribed by a doctor and constructed for your specific foot. A podiatrist must conduct a thorough evaluation of your feet, ankles, and legs. Only then will the custom-made insert accommodate your individual foot structure.
While scientific research has proven that that insoles help treat and prevent lower-extremity injuries, studies have not found a significant difference between pre-fabricated versus custom orthotics.
We offer custom moulded orthotics by one of our experienced clinicans.