People who experience back pain, hip pain, and/or foot pain often turn to orthotics to help relieve their discomfort. Orthotics are also a popular addition to the shoes of runners and athletes to alleviate and prevent injuries. Foot Levelers is the leading custom orthotic provider in the U.S., but custom is not always cheap, as compared with the non-customized, over-the-counter orthotics that are also on the market. So, what’s the difference and why should you spend the money for custom orthotics? These are the top reasons.
Relief is Not Universal
What works for one person may never work for you, as evidenced by the myriad of solutions on the market for the same problems. Custom orthotics are no different. It's estimated that 10 people, all of whom have different levels of activity, weight, age, types of pain and wear different shoes, could go to the store for over-the-counter orthotics, take a quick assessment, and all be told to wear the same insole. This gives the impression that relief is simple and generic, but you are not generic. You deserve better. More often than not, non-custom orthotics either make the problems you’re experiencing worse, or provide no relief at all.
Since relief is not universal, you need customized care, which is exactly what custom orthotics provide for your body. Although most people think there’s only one arch in the foot, there are actually three, and each arch requires support. Custom orthotics are created by scanning and assessing not only your arches, but also how you distribute your bodyweight on your feet, and a one-of-a-kind solution is created especially for you to provide relief. Custom orthotics provide the support and relief that is nearly impossible to find with over-the-counter solutions and based especially on your unique body, for optimal success.
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Feet are the (Fussy) Foundation of the Body
What if you were told that the foundation of your home was cracking and you had two options: to put duct tape over the crack and hope for the best or spend more money upfront to totally fix the problem, which would you choose? Hopefully you would realize the importance of fixing the problem entirely, despite the cost, because it literally is holding up the rest of your house. Well, the feet are the foundation of your body, and much like foundations of homes, your feet can be fussy.
When getting assessed for custom orthotics a scan of the feet is used to learn about each foot independently and collectively. These scans can highlight any differences between your feet like one being smaller, wider, or flatter than the other. This information is essential to creating orthotics and helps achieve a result that over-the-counter orthotics simply cannot provide since both insoles in a package are the same, despite your two feet likely being different. So, although non-custom orthotics may be less expensive, they are essentially like putting duct tape on your foundation and may not resolve the issue and/or cause more problems and greater costs in the future. Making the investment of custom orthotics, however, can help you find relief and avoid unnecessary spending and frustration.
Saves You Money Long-Term
Custom orthotics are an investment that pay your body back exponentially over time and helps save you money long-term. Non-custom orthotics, while cheaper, are often made with unreliable and lower quality material, are not designed to fix your specific issues, forcing you to spend more money to find relief. Foot Levelers offers a 1-year warranty on all orthotics, which is five times longer than the typical warranty of non-custom orthotics you can buy over-the-counter. Foot Levelers typically recommends replacing custom orthotics every two years, due to changes with your physical make-up (weight loss/gain, acute injury, etc.). Although not recommended, some Foot Levelers custom orthotics have been known to last for 10+ years. Since custom orthotics have the potential to provide greater relief for your discomfort, you will save money on other expenses related to your health. Paying attention to the foundation of your body can provide benefits to the rest of your body over time, which could diminish or eliminate the cost of treating associated discomfort.
Taken collectively, these reasons help to demonstrate why custom orthotics are worth the cost and are considerably more valuable and better for you than less expensive, non-customized options available in stores. The process of getting custom orthotics, including a foot scan, can provide you with important information to keep your body operating optimally, which is priceless. But, wearing custom orthotics can provide fast relief and prolonged comfort in your daily life.