It is said that about 75% of Americans will experience one or more types of foot pain in their lives, and usually this occurs because of issues with their shoes. Many turn to custom orthotics to align your foot and ankle into the best anatomic position. Orthotics typically look like shoe insoles, but as the name implies, they are personalized to correct your specific foot issue.
Custom orthotics are unique in that they treat the root cause of the problem, as opposed to simply treating the area where the pain is located. Many sufferers of chronic lower body pain seek out physiotherapy to treat the areas of concern. In these situations, the pain resides for a time, and then returns when a person resumes their normal activities. The alignment of the foot actually needs to be corrected on a consistent basis, and this concept can apply to anyone. The only real path to consistent alignment of the foot with the rest of the lower body, and relief from foot pain altogether, is through the use of custom orthotics.
We take great measures to ensure that clients receive the support they need at a reasonable custom orthotics cost. While the term “custom” automatically brings about the idea of “high cost”, this isn’t always the case. So, in terms of product, what can you expect, and how does this compare with others across the industry?
The process of making custom orthotics
So how do we make our custom insoles and orthotics? Once you place an order, Footstar Orthotics will send you a foam impression kit in the mail. All you have to do is follow the simple instructions to create foam impressions of your feet. Once they are mailed back to us postage-free, we will scan the impressions with digital imaging software to create orthotics that are perfectly molded to your feet.
Our turnaround time is typically 10 days to 14 days after we receive your foam impression. This is compared to the industry standard for custom orthotic production, which is 4-6 weeks. Our team prides ourselves on our quick turnaround times. We also offer storefront options in the southern Connecticut area for those with additional questions they would like to resolve in-person.
Footstar Orthotics is a company whose processes have evolved over time. Before the scale of digital imaging, we had a slightly different approach to the creation of custom orthotics. Cost, we understand, is definitely a factor when making an insole purchase. However, our current methods have yielded the greatest results.
What options exist beyond our foam approach? Many other custom orthotics processes are rooted in a plaster casting of the foot. Sometimes gait analysis, or a biomechanical examination of your feet as you walk, will be used as well. Our approach was based on customer experience. While plaster (and three-dimensional plaster) casting have been normative in creating custom orthotics for years, it can be a time-consuming, somewhat invasive process for the person already experiencing foot pain. Foam impressions model the foot and ankle areas accurately and allow you to begin the process in the comfort of your own home, and without making any appointments. In addition to that, our process is based on expert analysis of your foot balance through a certified podiatrist using the top-of-market digital imaging technology. Clients consistently get valuable analysis as well as a product that will improve their health and quality of life for a low custom orthotics cost.
The materials used in custom orthotics
The materials approach will vary by the producer of custom orthotics, but some notable materials tend to include:
- Thermoplastics: These will soften when heated, then harden when cooled.
- Polypropylene: This plastic has light weight and comparatively high-strength, so it can be manipulated into different forms to fit with your existing shoes.
- Acrylic: These are some of the first man-made synthetic materials used in custom orthotics, and traditionally more rigid (i.e. less flexible) orthotic options.
- Polyethylene foams: These are known as “closed-cell foams,” which help to reduce pressure on specific areas of the foot, even in total contact situations (i.e. marathon running).
Cork, sponge, and carbon composites are also sometimes used.
At Footstar Orthotics, we use the highest-quality materials to assure the creation of the best inserts possible at a low custom orthotics cost. The base of most of our products is EVA memory foam, but our materials range from ultra-strong carbon fiber to feather-light EVA foam. Our orthotics are covered in a range of fabrics from ultra-suede to waterproof materials that allow for breathability, washing, and comfortable wearing in wet conditions.
The idea is that customers can choose their level of strength and support based on preferences. We have helped create orthotics for high-intensity work boot contexts and also ballerinas and dancers, who need the thinnest orthotics possible. As each customer is different, the material options can potentially be different, but everything needs to be based on the highest quality.
Additional product aspects for custom orthotics cost
We approach orthotics and insoles by thinking about the specific types of footwear most people have. As a result, while we offer casual orthotics, our main categories are:
- Sneaker orthotics
- Shoe orthotics
- Dress shoe orthotics
- Sandal orthotics
- Work boot orthotics
- Running orthotics
- Dance orthotics
A few notes on each, and then we will get into custom orthotics cost.
- Sneaker orthotics: Our sneaker orthotics are designed for regular, everyday use. They have very soft, cushioned EVA material so that as someone goes about their daily routine, the pain is alleviated.
- Dress shoe orthotics: Dress shoe orthotics and high heel orthotics are made from ultra-thin material with a non-slip ultra-suede cover. They can fit over the top of a shoe’s existing insole. Footstar also created Velcro tabs to hold the dress shoe orthotic in place. This prevents the feeling of “sliding” while wearing your insoles.
- Sandal orthotics: So often people want to just slide on sandals before they head out the door. Our sandal orthotics are almost impossible to see, even when you are wearing flip flops. Many clients enjoy this feature because they do not like the feeling that “bulky” insoles give them. Our sandal orthotics also use Velcro tabs and are waterproof.
- Work boot orthotics: Our work boot orthotics are among our most durable products, made from carbon fiber and a highly-cushioned surface. They are full-length and can replace an existing insole. More than that, work boot orthotics are waterproof and washable.
- Running orthotics: People often ask us if orthotics improve athletic performance, and yes, oftentimes they do. Slight imbalances in the foot cause additional stress when running, and orthotics allow your muscles to compensate for these “hidden” imbalances. That reduces fatigue. Custom insoles also improve the biomechanical function not only of your feet, ankles, legs, and torso.
- Dance orthotics: Our dance shoe orthotics also uses a Velcro tab system to ensure dancers can get the full range of movement they need without slipping. These are made from among our lightest materials, as adding bulk to a dancer has no value.
No matter which type of insoles you choose, orthotics do not make feet look any different than they would in normal shoes, and nor do they make shoes fit too tightly or require customers to buy a larger shoe size.
Some customers prefer store-bought or custom orthotics cheap because of a fear of payment. Unfortunately, store bought custom orthotics, cheap ones, often just transfer pressure from one area of the foot to another instead of alleviating it. The selection of store bought orthotics has gotten wider over the years, but none of them are tailored specifically to your foot, and as a result, problems often persist.
Custom orthotics cost
Our custom orthotics range from $185 to $225 depending on specific model, which is competitively-priced for the market. Some custom orthotics and insoles can run upwards of $800, and the average range is somewhere between $200 and $600. An important consideration when evaluating custom orthotics cost, however, is durability. The custom orthotics cost needs to reflect the quality of the materials, as described above. At Footstar Orthotics, our goal is creating the most durable, long-lasting orthotics possible, so that replacing them is infrequent and your costs are minimized. You get certified professionals working on your custom orthotics using top-of-the-line technology, and the end product will improve your health at a very manageable cost.
Custom Orthotics: Are you ready?
No one should have to suffer through the unnecessary foot pain that is caused by walking and standing on hard surfaces with inadequate arch support. Footstar Orthotics strongly believes that anyone can enjoy a quality of life that is free from the limitations from foot pain. We take pride in creating the best orthotic inserts possible to alleviate pain caused by misalignment, inadequate shock absorption, and lack of cushioning and support.
We are enthusiastic about our custom orthotics. “Cheap” should never have to be an option for you. Footstar strives to provide insoles to people across the country so they may enjoy the freedom of a healthy and active lifestyle. If you are ready to consider a pain-free life with custom orthotics, the process of shopping with Footstar.