The 26 Review
- What are OTC Orthotics Non-custom shoe inserts to fit any foot type
- Why These are more accessible and cost less compared to custom molded orthotics
- Recommended For A first line of treatment for foot and ankle related conditions and injuries
- Common Conditions Bunions, hammertoes, flat feet, bursitis, high arches, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, arthritis, diabetic neuropathy, diabetic ulcers, etc.
Let’s take a closer look…
Over-the-counter orthotics are the generic, readily available version of a custom molded orthotic. These non-custom insoles offer a general level of support and cushioning for all types of feet and shoes. People can obtain these orthotics in stores, without a prescription needed. OTC inserts are typically constructed out of materials like gel or foam and are intended to last for a year or less. While these orthotics provide support and relief, they’re not designed to completely correct foot related ailments. As mentioned, one of the main benefits of an OTC orthotic is the price. Seeing as these orthotics are at a lower price point, they’re incredibly accessible for people of all socio-economic backgrounds. Most patients utilize OTC orthotics as a stepping stone before purchasing custom molded orthotics. These insoles don’t address specific biomedical abnormalities, so they are best suited for patients with general foot pain.
Most stores that sell OTC orthotics will provide customers with a free foot mapping procedure to determine which general orthotic is best suited. Foot mapping machines are unlike equipment patients would find at a podiatrist’s office. These machines have sensors that measure the area in which the foot is taking on more pressure. In conjunction, the foot mapping machines will also evaluate an individual’s arch. Within a few minutes, the machine will suggest one or more types/brands of orthotics. The downside of these machines is that they can’t account for gait, biomechanics, and other personalized foot characteristics. If your needs aren’t met with the available OTC orthotics, the machine will attempt to suggest the next best option. Therefore, complete accuracy cannot be measured or guaranteed with foot mapping machines. With all that in mind, the services being provided by a foot mapping machine are able to generally provide an individual with an immediate option to relieve their foot related pain.
26 Apothecary Branded orthotics are a medical grade OTC orthotic approved by podiatrists. These orthotics are specifically designed by podiatric engineers with the goal of delivering a more relaxed walking experience, enhanced balance control, and overall stability each wear. The different levels of padded cushioning delivers arch support for a wide variety of foot shapes, structures and sizes. 26 Apothecary Branded orthotics are typically worn best by those who have moderate arches. These orthotics offer relief for metatarsal and arch pain. The polypropylene shell in specific can support the arch, while the poron layer continues to provide support under the arch, heel and metatarsals. The extra poron in the heel reduces and offloads pain usually associated with heel spurs. The barrettex technology found on the top of the insole wicks moisture away, while maintaining a soft upper for dryness and comfort. Whether an individual is searching for a flexible or firm arch support, these over-the-counter orthotics are a great starting point for most individuals.
Recent Customer Review
“The only insole that helps me with plantar fasciitis. A must have for anyone with foot problems due to walking on concrete constantly!”
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