In this video, Dr. Marybeth Crane of Foot and Ankle Associates of North Texas explains why custom orthotics are frequently better than prefabricated orthotics.

Custom foot orthotics are made to fix the biomechanics of your foot; however, they’re not for everyone. If you don’t have an underlying problem, but just need a bit of arch support, an off-the-shelf insert may work well for you. However, if you have a repetitive stress injury or foot deformity, then the only thing that you should be using is a custom foot orthotic.

When choosing a practitioner, you need to make sure he or she is experienced in making the orthotics that you need. A three-dimensional scan or cast of your foot should also be made in order to make your orthotic—which is considered the gold standard.

The second thing to consider is which shoes your orthotics need to fit into. Your podiatrist should consider this when fitting you for your custom orthotic.

The last thing to consider is how long your orthotic is going to last. Based on your size and use of the orthotics, your doctor should be able to give you an expected timeframe.

If you’re experiencing foot pain, the first thing to do is visit a Grapevine foot doctor. We will examine the causes of your pain and develop a treatment plan just for you, in order to get you back on the path to a pain-free lifestyle.