Often the answer is no. Many people purchase shoe inserts from Dr. Scholl’s or even from Costco. And if you have a minor foot problem these can often do the job. But more often these inserts are a waste of money because a well designed shoe will have just about as much support as those inserts. There is also no customization of these insoles so if you have a painful corn on the front of your foot they will not help.
At Arbor Foot Health Center we offer a full line of shoe inserts ranging from $70 over-the-counter insoles, to $200 inserts which are molded to your foot, all the way up to $460 totally customized orthotics made to molds and measurements of your foot by an outside laboratory.
Orthotics are a particular area of interest for Dr. Gary Prant DPM who has worn them himself since age 12. Dr. Prant tries every new type of over-the-counter shoe insert that comes on the market and selects those which perform the best. He also prides himself on being able to customize over-the-counter inserts to match your foot and to relieve pressure on your corns and calluses. He almost always adds pads and cushions to the insoles to optimize the insoles for your foot. Dr. Prant only recommends custom orthotics if there is minimal chance an over-the-counter inserts will not work after examining your feet and watching you walk.
Orthotics are a major interest of Dr. Prant and he is very proud to offer a full range of shoe inserts and orthotics that often cost less than Costco and always do a better job!
Learn more about orthotics on the Arbor Foot Health Center website. Or call us for an appointment. 512-335-1800.