February 18, 2011
Category: Orthotics
Tags: orthotic   insoles   custom   support   arch support   foot support  

Consumers Beware

Orthotic Advertising on Radio and TV
You may have heard advertisements on the local radio or television commercials promoting "custom fit" orthotics you can get at discount department stores. While these devices are not bad, we feel that they are extremely over-priced. You can get over the counter (OTC) devices that we feel are more effective for most people for less than $40.00. Our advice is to be very careful - you should never pay more than $50.00 for an "orthotic" unless it is made from a cast or a mold of your foot by an experienced and skilled medical professional.

What these stores and companies call "custom fit" just means that they use a machine to scan the shape, pressure points and size of your foot. They then give you a recommendation of what pre-packaged insole to purchase. Using the word "custom" seems to be misleading to potential customers - these are not custom made orthotics -they are simply very overpriced over-the-counter arch supports.

There is high quality, doctor recommend off-the-shelf orthotics on the market and they can be purchased at Cumberland Run-Walk, your total foot care center. Most cost about $30.00.

Just be careful. If you have a foot problem, see your local podiatrist at Cumberland Foot & Ankle for a diagnosis - not a clerk in a shoe store. And NEVER spend more than $50 on an arch support or orthotic unless it is made from a cast of your foot by a trained medical professional.

If you are interested in more information on custom othothics or the doctor recommended over the counter orthotics; contact Cumberland Foot & Ankle at 606-679-2773, toll free 1-800-600-6740 or Cumberland Run-Walk, located in Somerset. at 606-678-9864. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Cumberland Foot & Ankle Center has ten convenient locations to serve you in: Somerset, Barbourville, Corbin, Danville, London, Monticello, Russell Springs, Stanford, Whitley City and Williamsburg.