So, you’ve decided you’d like to add supportive inserts to your shoes to address your foot pain or help with alignment issues. Great! That’s a wonderful step towards improving your well-being. Your initial thought might be to simply go to your local pharmacy or shoe store and pick up a pair of over-the-counter inserts, such as Powerstep Pinnacle insoles. While Powerstep insoles may help to a certain degree, they won’t come close to providing the same level of support as custom orthotics, such as Foot Levelers custom orthotics. In this article, we’ll be explaining the difference between Powerstep inserts and Foot Levelers custom orthotics, and why Foot Levelers are the optimal choice when it comes to comfort and efficacy—bar none.
Powerstep insoles are generic while Foot Levelers orthotics are custom made.
Powerstep inserts are one-size-fits-all. They’re mass-produced according to generic foot type templates and, as such, don’t address the specific, underlying cause of your pain and discomfort. Foot Levelers orthotics, on the other hand, are handcrafted for your unique feet based on 3D scans or casts. No two pairs of Foot Levelers custom orthotics are alike! The individualized nature of custom orthotics offers support where you need it, resulting in a balanced foundation and stabilized pelvis.
Powerstep insoles are more accommodative, whereas as Foot Levelers orthotics are corrective or functional
Powerstep inserts fall more into the category of accommodative insoles. They provide an added layer of cushioning to your feet and may provide comfort in the short-term, but ultimately won’t correct your alignment or yield long-term pain relief. Conversely, Foot Levelers custom orthotics are corrective or functional. They provide a tailor-made, flexible structure that supports your arches, improves your alignment, and yields long-term pain relief and function from the ground up. With Foot Levelers custom orthotics, you’re getting the best of both worlds: comfort and function.
Powerstep insoles support one arch while Foot Levelers support all three arches of the foot
Did you know that your foot has three arches? Powerstep insoles only support one of these arches, which can make symptoms worse or even lead to new issues. Foot Levelers custom orthotics support and correct all three arches in the foot—collectively referred to as the plantar vault.
Why is this important? The plantar vault is what distributes the weight of the entire body and keeps the body balanced. Once an arch or multiple arches have weakened, the weight of the body will shift away from the weakened arch and start to apply pressure and stress to the other arches, causing pain and other symptoms throughout the body. Unlike Powerstep insoles, Foot Levelers custom-made orthotics are designed to provide the best possible support to all three aches of your feet, offering whole-body pain relief and balance.
Foot Levelers orthotics are backed by research
Foot Levelers custom orthotics have been clinically studied and proven. In a study published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation titled “Shoe Orthotics for the Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial,” Foot Levelers custom orthotics reduced low back pain in participants by 34.5 percent.
Additionally, the effectiveness of custom orthotics is supported by dozens of clinical research studies, case studies, and white papers.
The bottom line
Foot Levelers custom orthotics have a nearly 70-year history of helping people reduce their pain, increase their comfort, and enhance their function. Generic insoles, such as Powerstep inserts, may cost less and initially feel comfortable, but they are not made for your specific feet and only support one arch in your foot. Foot Levelers orthotics, on the other hand, are anything but generic. Each pair is hand-shaped and crafted to your unique feet based on precise 3D foot scans or casts, along with your doctor’s input. They are made from high-quality, premium materials and offer both comfort and whole-body support.
To top it off, each pair of Foot Levelers orthotics is backed by our 100% Foot Levelers Guarantee. Our custom orthotics are 100% guaranteed to help relieve stress throughout the body and improve physical performance, or your money back!
If you experience daily pain in your feet, low back, knees, or hips, generic insoles likely won’t provide the relief and long-term results you’re seeking. Individually designed Foot Levelers custom orthotics with 3-arch support, however, will. Get started by requesting a list of healthcare providers near you who offer Foot Levelers custom orthotics.