Many people are confused about the difference between prescription orthotics and the foot supports sold online, on TV, and in stores. Take our True/False quiz to learn the truth about orthotics.
Orthotics have been proven to be highly successful when used properly and under the treatment of a podiatrist, a physician who specializes in the care of the feet and ankles.
True. Clinical research studies have shown that podiatrist-prescribed foot orthotics decrease foot pain and improve function.
Shoe inserts bought at retail stores are basically the same thing as orthotics.
False. Insoles may temporarily relieve pain, but they are not truly customized and therefore not as effective as orthotics prescribed, created, and provided by a podiatrist.
Today’s podiatrist is the most experienced medical professional to prescribe orthotics.
True. Podiatrists are the only physicians who focus exclusively on the foot and ankle. They are uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat foot-related problems.
Orthotics are very expensive and don't last for a long period of time.
False. Orthotics typically cost more than insoles purchased in a retail store, but the additional cost is usually well worth it. Unlike insoles purchased at retail stores, orthotics are molded to fit each individual foot, so you can be sure that your orthotics fit and do what they’re supposed to do. Prescription orthotics are also made of top-notch materials and last many years when cared for properly. Insurance often helps pay for prescription orthotics.