The Benefits of Orthotic Inserts

Orthotic inserts are supportive pieces designed to fit inside your shoe. Made from foam, carbon fibers, or plastic, they are durable and lightweight. While some people opt for inexpensive drugstore inserts, custom-fitted orthotics from your podiatrist are better designed to meet your specific needs. Best Foot Doctor NY, with convenient locations in and around Queens, offers the personalized attention that you deserve. This article covers the benefits of orthotic inserts and which foot conditions benefit from their use. 


Orthotic inserts offer support for the following conditions

Flat Foot

Flat foot syndrome occurs with low or fallen arches. Orthotics provide natural curvature under your foot to help keep your arch in a raised position, supporting your foot and joints.

Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia is a piece of tough tissue connecting the heel to the toes. Prolonged stretching of the fascia can cause chronic inflammation. An orthotic insert aids the fascia in maintaining a neutral position across the sole of your foot. 

Foot Ulcers

Diabetics frequently experience foot ulcers as a result of poor circulation or nerve damage. A soft orthotic insert can cushion your foot, reducing the pressure on areas that are at high risk for an ulcer. 

Pain Relief

The providers at Best Foot Doctor NY often recommend orthotic inserts to patients in Queens for pain relief as well as a foot support. Orthotics can relieve pain due to:

  • Mortons Neuroma
  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis 
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Generalized foot, ankle, knee, hip, or back pain

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton’s neuroma is a painful nerve condition that is exacerbated with pressure to the nerve running along the ball of your foot. Custom fitted orthotics cushion your foot in such a way as to relieve pressure and reduce pain.


Bursitis, arthritis, and plantar fasciitis are all forms of inflammation that can be alleviated by orthotic inserts. By providing stability and support to your foot, the orthotic helps to reduce pain caused by inflammation.

Generalized Pain

Patients suffering from generalized pain of the foot, ankle, knees, hips, or lower back can also experience pain relief by wearing orthotic inserts. Orthotics provide alignment and support to your entire body, resulting in decreased joint and back pain. They also support your feet in a way that decreases risk for foot and ankle strains. 

How They are Made

Orthotics are made by first getting a custom plaster mold of your feet. A professional uses the mold to make the orthotics specifically for you. When you get your orthotics, it may take a day or so to get used to the feel of them in your shoes. If your feet feel worse after wearing them, tell your doctor right away. 

Here at Best Foot Doctor NY we are committed to providing personalized, state-of-the-art care to our patients in Queens and beyond. Contact us today to discuss the benefits of orthotic inserts and other options that may be right for you.

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