Which One Provides Better Foot Pain Relief
If your chronic pain or persistent foot pain does not quit, you may ask yourself what type of insole you should try. When it comes to custom insole or over-the-counter orthopedic insoles, there is controversy about which one can provide more solutions.
On the one hand, the total sales of prescription or customized insoles increased from 130 million U.S. dollars in 2000 to 180 million U.S. dollars. Increased sales mean custom insole work, right? Well, not necessarily. On the other hand, in 2015 consumers spent about $4.7 billion on U.S. over-the-counter orthoses. Although both sales are increasing, there are also contradictions in how the two insoles perform.
The 2014 musculoskeletal study found that over-the-counter orthopaedic insoles, like customised insoles, help or almost help reduce pain and disability. In an earlier study conducted by the Orthopaedic Foot and Mouth Association of the United States, participants found no significant difference in the effectiveness of habitual insoles versus orthopedic shoe cups.
So if there are more people buying custom and orthopaedic insoles, and research will not show important results in some way, which one should you choose? The answer really comes down to your own feet and what suits you best. To get started, let's take a deeper look at custom insole and orthopedic insoles.
Custom insoles are prescribed by a doctor or podiatrist to fit your specific foot and gait. This requires thorough examination and analysis of the foot, followed by casting or digital scanning of the shape and size of the foot.
Customised insoles are often used for more severe chronic foot pain.
They are suitable for patients with diabetes and severe foot problems.
Customized insoles are tailored to your situation and provide personalized support and cushioning.