Custom Orthotics Compared to Over-the-Counter Orthotics

Jody Weightman, C.Ped (C), discusses over-the-counter vs custom orthotics.

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Jody Weightman, C.Ped (C), discusses over-the-counter vs custom orthotics.
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Featuring Jody Weightman, C.Ped (C)

Duration: 1 minute, 49 seconds

An over-the-counter and a custom orthotic, they're designed to do very similar things.

Generally support the arch, distribute the pressure more evenly across the surface of the foot, and we can do a little bit more with the custom orthotics, but that's the general purpose for the over-the-counter ones.

The main difference in the over-the-counter ones compared to the custom ones is the shape of the shell. The over-the-counter insoles have a different shape to the arch. They're pretty generic in terms of who they fit. The average foot they will work quite well for.

They are made of a different material which doesn't last quite as long, and we're more limited as to the style that we can use. The custom orthotic, we can use different styles, so a shorter one vs. a longer device.

Both types of insoles are made of more durable material, and the shape of the shells are moer fit to the anatomy of the foot, so they typically have better results. The custom orthotics we do need to have a doctor's referral to produce the custom orthotics. So if you think that that's a good option for you it's best to go see your family doctor.

The over-the-counter orthotics, they are done by shoe size so you can just bring your shoes into a local store that carries them and try them on. The life span is significantly different as is the price between the two of the devices.

The over-the-counter are less expensive and typically last not quite as long. The custom because they're a stronger material they will last longer, and we have more variety as to the different styles that we can make.

Presenter: Ms. Jody Weightman, Pedorthist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Pedorthist

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