What is a custom orthotic ?

An orthotic available over the counter is NOT comparable to a custom orthotic made by your foot care professional. A custom orthotic is built to hold your foot at predetermined angles. If you are in your shoes with the angles correct, you will have the maximum mechanical function of the foot and lower extremity. On a custom insole you will have better function of your ankle, knees, hips and low back. A custom orthotic will improve one’s overall performance. Custom foot-beds that correct mechanical deficiencies will as a bi-product often reduce pain.

How does a custom insert reduce pain?

A custom orthotic insert brings the ground up to meet your foot so that the foot is supported in its optimal neutral position. This will realign the lower extremity to its correct mechanical stance. As a result the joints and muscles of your leg will work more efficiently. This is how a pair of custom orthotics will help to eliminate pain and dysfunction.


We have all heard people speak about how I am an over pronator, or over supinator. Some believe they can correct this with a shoe that has different density foam on one side or the other. That is a gross oversimplification. In reality it is important that we both pronate AND supinate as part of our normal gait. Foot pronation is the primary shock absorption in the body. By affecting the process of pronation and supination, a custom orthotic can restore a more normal gait and proper shock absorbtion thereby reducing pain.


How do I choose what type of orthotic to use?

At the Orthotic Shop of San Francisco, we have several lines of orthotics. They run from semi-custom insert, fully functional foot-bed to full custom orthotic. Our lines can accommodate virtually any shoe, and we have models that are specific to the types of activities you might be doing. Part of our job is to help you pick the orthotic that is right for your full range of footwear and activities and we are happy to help.

Call today for a complimentary consultation to find out if a pair of custom orthotics are right for you.

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