Custom orthotics are a medical device that have become a common in treating complications with the feet including but not limited to: plantar fasciitis, fallen arches, and flat feet. Having foot complications can be uncomfortable since the pain from the problem can go up as high as the neck and every bone connected between it and the feet. This is why many people who suffer from such complications turn to custom orthotics for treatment.
People who plan on getting custom orthotics should approach a podiatrist. But before one should think about getting custom foot orthotics, it is important you know the costs of doing so. You will typically find custom orthotics going for around three hundred to six hundred dollars. One could wonder why the price of custom orthotics is so high. Well in general with custom orthotics you get a higher quality and the materials being used are also more expensive. But there are also other factors that makes custom orthotics pricier including the following:
- Cost inflation – With medical devices being a business, you should expect the costs of orthotics along with consultations with a podiatrist to grow higher.
- Examinations – When you are consulting with the podiatrist, you will undergo some examinations which will look into your body type, your gait cycle, your lifestyle, as well as other diagnosis to see if you have foot complications.
- Molding – In order to create a custom orthotic insole, a mold of the person’s foot has to be made. This will be the basis for making the insole that is tailored specifically to the wearer.
Usually the costs of having a consultation with your podiatrist is covered by your medical insurance, but in the case where you have already met the deductible, expect to pay around twenty to forty dollars. If you do not have any medical insurance, it is advisable that you consult with your doctor in order for you to properly understand all of the costs you will be covering. Expect that costs may also go up especially when the podiatrists conduct x-rays and lab tests during consultation.
When you are looking into whether the investing of custom orthotics really is worth it, you should look into certain factors. To help with that, let’s look into the advantages and disadvantages of custom orthotics. First let’s look into the advantages of custom orthotics:
- Custom orthotics provide support to the connective tissues in your feet which reduces muscle fatigue. By supporting the connective tissues, complications such as fallen arches and over-pronation are averted as a result of stretched tissue.
- Custom orthotics are beneficial when it comes to sports. Sports put your body into more motion and stress and wearing custom orthotics helps to alleviate the extra pressure being placed on your feet, preventing any future complications.
Now let’s take a look at the disadvantages of custom orthotics:
- Utilizing custom orthotics can be a little costly. Even after you get your custom orthotic insoles, you can still expect some costs such as updating of the insoles as your feet develop. You will also have to visit the podiatrists regularly for checkups.
- Custom orthotics can take longer to arrive compared to over-the-counter alternatives. Expect your custom insoles to arrive up to two weeks after you have undergone examinations.