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Over the counter vs. custom orthotics for a torn plantar plate?

Asked 3 years ago

Hello everybody, and thank you for taking the time to read this. I have been diagnosed with a torn plantar plate in my right foot. We tend to take long walks each day from spring through fall, but since winter/snow, I have not been taking so many. The pain in my foot started at the end of last summer with the ball of my foot hurting during my walks. I always wear sneakers on walks, but at home, I tend to walk barefooted on our hardwood floors and wear flip-flops most of the warm weather days. What prompted me to get it checked out was horrible pinching pain at night when I was not even using my foot. It must have been inflamed because a few nights of taking Advil and the pain has mostly subsided. This was about two weeks ago. My podiatrist diagnosed the tear via an ultrasound. He suggested an injection which I am wary of, especially since my pain level is currently quite low. My pain is now minimal when I wear work shoes that have a very slight heel and decent arch support. I only get pain when I walk for long distances or do things around the house barefooted. The podiatrist also suggests custom orthotics, but they are pricey. Are custom orthotics better than store-bought?

Kelly Adkins

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

The best orthotics for plantar plate tears are custom orthotics. In fact, Research at Calgary University suggests OTC orthotics can alter gait mechanics leading to more harm than good when they address the unrelated causes of a plantar plate tear. Contrastingly, custom orthotics over generic insoles relate to the source of the problem thus correct while accommodating the deformity. Eventually, when both are evaluated, custom orthotics are a good bargain.

Abdullah Huynh

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Custom orthotics are better than over-the-counter orthotics for different reasons. They are usually more durable, designed to fit, and have better quality materials. While they may be pricey at the outset, they are more cost-effective in the long run and are often covered by health insurance rebates.

Janik Sundstrom

Janik Sundstrom

Thursday, July 07, 2022

Both over-the-counter and custom orthotics can help you manage your condition and reduce your overall experience of pain throughout the day. Custom orthotics can tend to be more pricey than store-bought insoles, but the added benefits of custom-made orthotics are worthwhile to consider. Custom orthotics are custom made to shape your foot, and are often made from more durable materials for use in the long term. Custom orthotics from Upstep are casted in the comfort of your own home, and are returned to you upon completion of manufacturing. Upstep has a 120 day money back guarantee on the custom orthotics bought from the website.

You’ll find great benefits in custom orthotics compared to store-bought insoles, as they directly support and provide comfort to specific areas of your individual foot shape. You may not find this sort of comfort in store-bought orthotics, designed off of a general shape for a general population.

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