Orthopedic insoles have become quite sophisticated. Traditionally used to alleviate foot pain by shifting pressure away from certain sore or stressed areas of the foot, insoles nowadays can actually be used to treat the underlying condition itself. For example, an orthopedic insole designed to treat Morton�s neuroma will cushion the ball of the foot in such a way that pressure is removed from the nerve and the inflammation of the nervous tissue will dissipate completely.
Orthopedic insoles can be custom designed or prefabricated. It used to be that a podiatrist had to prescribe custom insoles to treat your specific condition. These insoles would be manufactured and fitted in your doctor�s office. They are, as you can imagine, quite expensive. But for people suffering from long-term conditions, deformities or particularly painful injuries, orthopedic insoles made by your podiatrist may provide much needed relief that is worth the cost.
Recently, major brands in orthopedic footwear have offered custom orthopedic insoles that are available in certain specialty footwear stores or online. These custom orthotics are specifically designed to address the symptoms of a specific condition. For example, you can purchase an orthopedic insole that is designed to alleviate the specific symptoms and underlying structural problems associated with bunions. The same holds true for a host of foot conditions. Custom insoles are available for arch pain, Morton�s neuroma and hammertoes. These custom orthopedic insoles tend to cost somewhere between 100 and 200 dollars. They come in all shapes and sizes (depending on the ailment), sometimes providing localized support and other times stretching across the entire length of the foot.
Prefabricated orthopedic insoles are readily available at your local drugstore. Dr. Scholl�s is perhaps the most famous example, although there are many other brands for you to peruse. These insoles are designed to correct problematic foot mechanics associated with specific conditions. They are simply there to act as shock absorbers and provide arch support. Prefabricated insoles are useful for people who often suffer from �tired� feet, or for people who know they have flat feet or high arches but who don�t suffer from severe symptoms. The good news about prefabricated orthopedic insoles is that they will only cost you a couple of bucks and can be easily replaced.
Deciding whether you need orthopedic insoles designed by your podiatrist, custom made by a well-respected orthopedic footwear company, or available at the local drugstore largely comes down to how much pain you�re suffering. When in doubt, talk to your podiatrist or general practitioner about the course of treatment that makes most sense for you.