Dr. Corey Fox
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Long Island Podiatrist serving Massapequa and all of Nassau County

Problems with the feet can be a real pain—literally and figuratively. Orthotics can be a great solution whether you're dealing with plantar fasciitis, flat feet, or just looking for extra support and cushioning. But with so many options on the market, it can be tough to know where to start. Two of the most popular options are custom orthotics and off-the-shelf orthotics. But what's the difference between the two?  The difference between store-bought and custom orthotics

What Custom Orthotics Have to Offer

Custom orthotics are designed specifically for your feet. They are typically made by a podiatrist or orthotist using a mold or digital scan of your foot. This means, they are customized to fit your unique foot shape and gait pattern. In addition, custom orthotics can be designed to address specific foot conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, flat feet, heel pain, or high arches. They are made from higher-quality materials and are more durable than off-the-shelf options.

Custom Orthotics Can Provide Targeted Support

One of the biggest advantages of custom orthotics is that they can provide targeted support exactly where you need it. They are designed to fit your foot and address your specific foot condition. For example, if you have plantar fasciitis, a custom orthotic can be designed to provide additional arch support and cushioning to help alleviate pain and inflammation. Or, if you have flat feet, a custom orthotic can be designed to provide additional arch support to help distribute weight more evenly across your foot.

Custom Orthotics Are Much More Durable

Another advantage of custom orthotics is that they are made from higher-quality materials and are more durable than off-the-shelf options. Custom orthotics can be made from various materials, including rigid plastics, soft foam, or a combination of both, depending on the patient's specific needs. This means, they will last longer and provide better support over time. In addition, because they are made specifically for your foot, they are more comfortable and less likely to cause discomfort or pain.

Benefits and Limitations of Off-the-Shelf Orthotics

Off-the-shelf orthotics can offer several benefits as well. One of the main advantages of off-the-shelf orthotics is their affordability and accessibility. They are readily available in most drugstores and retail stores, and you can purchase them without a prescription or a visit to a podiatrist.

Off-the-Shelf Orthotics Have Limitations

  • They are not customized to fit your unique foot shape.
  • They don’t address specific foot conditions.
  • They may not provide the same level of support or pain relief as custom orthotics.
  • They are often made from lower-quality materials.
  • They may not last as long or provide as much durability as custom orthotics.
  • They may not provide enough arch support to alleviate pain or prevent further damage if you have severely flat feet.

Our NY Podiatrists Create Custom Orthotics With the Go 4-D System

At Massapequa Podiatry Associates, we use the Go 4-D System to create custom orthotics for our patients. The Go 4-D System is an advanced technology that allows us to design and manufacture orthotics that are tailored to the unique shape and biomechanics of your feet.

The board-certified podiatrists at Massapequa Podiatry Associates are committed to providing patients with the highest quality orthotics and foot care services. The Go 4-D System allows us to create custom orthotics that are tailored to your feet, providing you with the support and cushioning you need to help alleviate pain and improve mobility.

Whether custom orthotics or another form of treatment is best for your foot pain, it's important to understand and start addressing the source of the problem sooner rather than later. Not only will you start to feel better faster, but you may prevent future complications as well.

Massapequa Podiatry Associates for Relieving Your Foot and Ankle Pain

If you’ve stopped participating in the recreational activities you enjoy because you’re experiencing pain in your feet or ankles, and despite all your best efforts, your condition hasn’t improved, it’s time to contact a skilled and experienced podiatrist.

At Massapequa Podiatry Associates, we examine your foot or ankle to determine the source of your pain, and we explain your condition, so that, together, we can find the proper solution for your problem. Our board-certified podiatrists offer advanced treatment options that include new, high-tech solutions to help restore your feet to good health. We can help relieve many painful conditions, including bunions, ingrown toenails, hammer toes, neuromas, plantar fasciitis, and foot deformities.