It has been medically documented that nearly 85% of the population suffer from foot related pro-blems, mainly pain. Furthermore, these foot problems are due to a misalignment between our feet and the rest of the body. Generally speaking, the foot can either be hypermobile (pronated) or rigid (supinated).These imbalances can lead to problems such as flat feet, high arches, bunions, heelspurs and lower back pain. A recent medical study indicated that approximately 80% of most foot pain is biomechanical in nature and thus can resolved by using an orthotic. This study also concluded that about 60% of all lower back pain cases are related to biomechanical foot problems and as such can benefit from orthotics.
So what is an orthotic?
An insole device that goes into your shoes in order to help correctly align your feet with the rest of your body. While distributing your body weight evenly during gait. Ideally, one goes to a podiatrist's office in order to have an evaluation of their condition. If it s determine that the patient can benefit from an orthotic, the doctor makes a cast of the patient's feet and has the orthotics custom made. However, the average cost for this service ranges from $300 to $500.This is quite prohibitive for most patients. Recently, there have been retail outlets calling themselves "arch support” or “insole” stores. These stores sell orthotics they claim are custom made for about $175 to $200.
Don’t be Fooled!
They are not making a custom molded orthotic. What they are doing is “custom fitting” a pre-fabricated orthotic. Think of it as if you were paying for a custom suit that is actually “of the rack.” More significantly, they are not doctors and thus can't adequately diagnose which orthotic is best for you.
One size doesn't fit all!
I perform a biomechanical evaluation of a patient's lower extremity and then take a cast of their feet. The cast, along with a detailed prescription, is used to produce a custom orthotic which will address the patient's problem.
The cost for the evaluation and the orthotic is $150.00
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