What Are Over-the-Counter Insoles?
Over-the counter or “off-the-shelf” insoles primarily enhance the fit of shoes or provide extra cushioning. They are available in a variety of sizes, styles, lengths, and materials and can either be worn on top of or in lieu of your shoes’ factory insoles.
Who Benefits from Insoles?
If you have heel pain, forefoot pain, plantar fasciitis
, or if you have a pair of shoes that needs a boost in cushioning or shock-absorption, over-the-counter insoles can provide the extra comfort you’re looking for. If you try or have tried OTC insoles and see no improvement, have your feet assessed by a licensed chiropodist.
What Is the Difference Between Custom Orthotics and Over-The-Counter Insoles?
OTC insoles can be compared to drug store reading glasses or one size fits all apparel. They can be effective for mild to moderate afflictions but they have a universal, versus individualized, fit and function. However, for some conditions, OTC insoles can be as effective or nearly as effective as custom orthotics.