Insoles vs. Orthotics: Everything You Need to Know

Insoles vs. Orthotics: Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Apex Foot Health on 29th Oct 2020

According to studies, 75% of Americans will experience foot problems at some point in their lives. However, when most people face this situation, they don’t know how to properly care for their feet.

Understanding the difference between insoles vs. orthotics is crucial when choosing the best treatment for your feet.

To learn more about the difference between each one, keep reading along below.

What are Insoles?

Close up for blue insoles

Insoles are also referred to as shoe inserts. Chances are you’ve seen them many times, since they're sold in most pharmacies and stores. They’re designed to replace the generic bedding that come in your shoes.

Most insoles are comprised of foam, gel, and other materials. Unfortunately, standard shoe soles don’t come with much support. For people who need specific types of footwear for health reasons, comfortable footwear is a must.

Also, individuals who stand on their feet for hours a day benefit from insoles.

On the downside, they don’t always have the best fit for different shoe sizes. Many of them are designed to fit a measurement range and not a specific size, which can be uncomfortable.

Plus, insoles don't last long. You might get about six months of wear out of them before they need to be replaced. Although insoles are great for pain relief, they’re not effective for correcting foot disorders—orthotics are needed for that.

What are Shoe Orthotics?

Close up of feet with hand in background holding shoe orthotics

Orthotics are similar to insoles, in the fact that they help to relieve pressure and pain from your feet. But the primary difference between the two is that orthotics are typically custom made for your feet. They compliment different shoe sizes and they also manage specific foot disorders.

Not only do orthotics provide comfort and cushion, but the absorb shock helps to correct the way you stand and walk.

Orthotics are the best shoes for health issues and foot disorders. They also correct alignment issues. One of the main reasons why problems with alignment occur is because there is too much pressure and weight on a specific area of the body.

However, one of the primary benefits of orthotics is that they help to distribute the weight evenly. Doing so improves your posture which helps to minimize pain.

Plus, orthotics last longer than insoles. You can expect a lifespan of about five years.

Individuals suffering from overpronation, oversupination, and plantar fasciitis benefit greatly from orthotics. They're also are a good option for athletes because they provide shock absorption, cushion, and arch support all in one.

Insoles vs. Orthotics: The Best Footwear

Do your feet need relief from pain and discomfort? If so, Apex shoes are the answer. Our footwear is designed with the health of your feet in mind. We carry shoes for diabetics and a myriad of other foot conditions.

Our selection of shoes has something for everyone. We also offer Insoles and Orthotic Supports for those who may need additional structure, support or cushion. Shop today!