Effectiveness of Foot Orthotics

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Foot orthotics are medical devices that are used to alleviate foot pain and discomfort. They are designed to provide support, stability, cushioning, and pressure relief to the feet, reducing pain and improving foot function. Foot orthotics can be custom-made or prefabricated to fit an individual’s foot shape. However, many consumers have concerns about foot orthotics, including their effectiveness, cost, and maintenance. This article aims to address the most common consumer concerns about foot orthotics.


Effectiveness of Foot Orthotics:

One of the most common concerns that consumers have about foot orthotics is their effectiveness. While foot orthotics can be effective in treating various foot conditions, they may not work for everyone. The effectiveness of foot orthotics can depend on the severity of the foot condition, the individual’s foot shape and biomechanics, and the type of orthotic used. It is important to consult with a healthcare professional or a physiotherapist to determine if foot orthotics are right for you.

Cost of Foot Orthotics:

Another common concern about foot orthotics is their cost. Custom-made foot orthotics can be expensive, ranging from a few hundred to thousands of dollars. However, prefabricated foot orthotics can be a more affordable option, costing between $20 to $100. It is important to note that insurance plans may cover the cost of foot orthotics, making them more affordable for consumers. At our clinic, the price of a pair of custom-made orthotics is $450.00.

Maintenance of Foot Orthotics:

Consumers also have concerns about the maintenance of foot orthotics. It is important to keep foot orthotics clean and dry to prevent the growth of bacteria and odor. Custom-made foot orthotics can be cleaned with soap and water, while prefabricated foot orthotics can be wiped down with a damp cloth. It is also important to replace foot orthotics regularly to ensure they are providing optimal results. Prefabricated foot orthotics typically last six to twelve months, while custom-made foot orthotics can last several years.


In conclusion, foot orthotics can be an effective treatment option for individuals seeking relief from foot pain and discomfort. While there are concerns about their effectiveness, cost, and maintenance, foot orthotics can be tailored to an individual’s foot shape and provide the appropriate level of support, cushioning, and pressure relief needed to alleviate pain and improve foot function. It is important to consult with a healthcare professional or a podiatrist to determine if foot orthotics are right for you and to ensure proper fit and usage. With proper care and usage, foot orthotics can provide long-term relief and improve quality of life.


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Do foot orthotics help with corns and calluses?

Yes, foot orthotics can help with corns and calluses. Corns and calluses are often caused by friction and pressure on specific areas of the feet. Foot orthotics can provide cushioning and redistribute pressure, relieving the affected areas from excessive friction. By providing proper support and alignment, foot orthotics can help reduce the formation of corns and calluses and alleviate discomfort

Are foot orthotics beneficial for individuals with scoliosis?

While foot orthotics primarily focus on the feet, they can indirectly provide some benefits for individuals with scoliosis. Scoliosis is a condition characterized by an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine. Foot orthotics can help improve overall body alignment, which may have a positive effect on posture and spinal alignment in individuals with scoliosis. By providing proper support and balance to the feet, foot orthotics can contribute to better weight distribution and alleviate potential compensatory issues in the body. However, it’s important to note that foot orthotics alone are not a comprehensive treatment for scoliosis, and a holistic approach that includes medical supervision, exercise, and bracing, if necessary, should be considered for managing scoliosis.

Can foot orthotics be used for sesamoid fractures?

Yes, foot orthotics can be used as part of the treatment plan for sesamoid fractures. Sesamoid fractures are injuries to the small bones (sesamoids) located under the base of the big toe joint. Foot orthotics can help offload pressure from the injured area by providing cushioning and support. They can also help with proper foot alignment, reducing strain on the sesamoids during weight-bearing activities.

Last reviewed on May 12, 2023 by Ahmad Rezvani, Registered PT

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