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What’s the Difference Between Over-the-Counter and Custom Orthotics?

Over-the-counter orthotics (shoe inserts) are found at pharmacies and department stores. The most common kinds are arch supports, cushioned insoles, heel liners, and pads for the toes. While they don’t fix a podiatric condition they can help manage pain.

Over the Counter vs. Custom OrthoticsThere are two types of custom orthotics. A functional orthotic is used to control motion. You might need this type for conditions like tendinitis or shin splints. An accommodative orthotic is used for cushioning and padding. People who suffer from diabetic ulcers or painful corns and calluses might be prescribed this kind.

The best way to find out what kind of orthotic you need is to make an appointment with a podiatrist. Dr. Mitchell Wachtel is here to help diagnose and treat your foot conditions so call today at (978) 794-8406 and make an appointment at any of his three Massachusetts offices.  

Dr. Mitchell Wachtel
Dr. Mitchell Wachtel is a North Andover podiatrist who specializes in the treatment of the feet and ankles.