3 Signs You Need Custom Orthotics

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We’re all guilty of thinking that only people who spend a lot of time on their feet need custom orthotics. But as it turns out, anyone with foot problems might benefit from them.

If you think your shoes are the reason for your pain or discomfort, there are some early warning signs to look out for:

  • Pain

This may appear to be an obvious answer, but it is a good way of thinking about the question. Custom orthotics can help relieve pain in your knees, lower back, or hips. Those suffering from musculoskeletal conditions such as plantar fasciitis, bunions, rheumatoid arthritis, or Achilles tendonitis, to name a few, may also benefit from orthotics.

  • Worn Out Shoes

Shoes can reveal a lot about a person’s feet. Worn out treads on one or both sides of the shoe indicate that you either pronate or supinate (either your foot rolls inward or turns out). If you’re constantly replacing shoes because you’re not sure what’s wrong, you might benefit from our custom orthotics.

  • You spend a lot of time standing

Finally, being proactive about foot pain is a perfectly reasonable reason to get custom orthotics. Custom orthotics can help you avoid foot pain if you run frequently, play sports, or have a job that requires you to be on your feet all day. It can also help protect against conditions such as plantar fasciitis.


Custom orthotics are created specifically for your condition, foot type, weight, and desired activity. Custom orthotics, in general, provide more control and are more durable than other types of orthotics.

Biomechanical correction is accomplished through the use of high density foams and plastics, which may appear rigid at first but usually become quite comfortable over time.

Custom orthotics have been shown in studies to relieve pain and prevent further disability in many cases. However, not everyone is a good candidate for orthotic therapy. We also specialize in footwear prescription; often, a simple piece of advice is all that is required.


Custom orthotics run from $200 to $800 everywhere, but other costs must also be taken into account. This includes the office visits required in order to manufacture your custom orthotics and costs when they are worn off to substitute the top surfaces. Costs can vary between $50 and $100.

The plastic or EVA material used in the orthotic will wear off after a long period of usage, meaning that you will have to buy a further custom orthotic pair. Those costs amount to a great many over a lifetime.

Things to remember

  • The heel is a padded cushion of fatty tissue that retains its shape despite the pressures of body weight and movement.
  • Obesity, ill-fitting shoes, running and jumping on hard surfaces, an abnormal walking style, injuries, and certain diseases are all common causes of heel pain.
  • Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the ligament that runs the length of the foot that is commonly caused by overstretching. It causes pain under the heel, particularly after rest.
  • A heel spur is a bony growth that is usually not painful to the touch.
  • Stress on the heel bone’s growth plate causes Sever’s disease.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it may be time to start thinking about getting custom orthotics. They can help relieve foot pain, improve your posture, and decrease back pain by supporting all the muscles in your feet and legs. The sooner you invest in a pair of these innovative devices, the better off you will be! Let us know if we can answer any more questions for you or get started designing an orthotic plan that is right for your needs today. You deserve relief from plantar fasciitis or heel spurs; contact our office now!

Remember, The 3 Arches of Your Feet Still Need Support!

Maybe you have already felt the first symptoms of balance disorders or you want to prevent them from appearing in the first place. Consider getting a foot orthotic device or simply take care of your feet. Start by washing them thoroughly with a gentle soap whenever you take a shower. Being a very complex support system, your feet are your first line of defense against balance-related issues, since their arches provide you with the stability you need in your daily life. It’s time to put your foot down and push back against balance issues. With both feet on the ground, dedicate yourself to keeping them comfortable and healthy. Give us a call and we will scan your feet to make you custom orthotic inserts.

The Shoe Doctor has specialized in providing custom orthotics for 20 years. The right orthotic insoles can greatly reduce foot, knee and hip pain while increasing performance and comfort. Russell at The Shoe Doctor will help educate and assist you in finding the perfect solution for your particular situation. We will create a 3D map of your feet and make custom orthotics for your hiking boots, everyday shoes, and everything else in between. These orthotics, along with our expert advice, will get you using orthotics like a pro, and have you performing at the peak of your abilities in no time!  If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, give The Shoe Doctor a call to get the best custom orthotics in the area! We are here to assist you, schedule your free consultation here!


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Russell Pate

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Russell has been a Certified Pedorthist for over 28 years.

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