Arch supports are devices that are placed under the arch of the foot in shoes to provide support and help with weight distribution. They can be used to treat many conditions such as flat feet, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendonitis. Arch supports come in a variety of shapes and sizes to accommodate different foot types and individual needs.
Here is a list of the 10 most popular types of arch supports:
1.Gel Arch Supports
These supports are made from gel and conform to the shape of your foot. They provide cushioning and support for your arches. They are popular due to their ability to conform to your feet.
2.Foam Arch Supports
These supports are made from foam and also conform to the shape of your foot. They provide cushioning and support for your arches while being lightweight and comfortable to wear.
3.Air-Filled Arch Supports
These supports are filled with air, which allows them to be adjustable in order to better fit the contours of your feet. They provide good cushioning and support for your arches, while being comfortable to wear, thanks to their lightweight design.
4.Rigid Plastic or Metal Arch Supports
These supports offer more rigid support than other types but may not be as comfortable for some people due to their firmness. However, they can help correct certain problems such as overpronation (foot rolling inward too much). If you have this condition, it’s best to consult with a podiatrist before purchasing arch supports, as you may need a specific type.
5.Spring Loaded (Dynamic) Orthotic Insoles
This newer technology uses springs instead of rigid metal devices. Springs allow dorsiflexion (upward motion) at the toe-off phase of the gait cycle and return the energy back into your step, helping you feel the “push off” each time you take a step.
6.Over-the-Counter (OTC) Arch Supports
These supports can be purchased without a prescription and come in a variety of sizes and materials to fit most people’s feet. They may not provide as much support as custom orthotics but are usually much more affordable.
7. Athletic Shoe Inserts
Many athletic shoes come with removable inserts that provide cushioning and support for your arches while you exercise. If you don’t have inserts that come with your shoes, you can purchase them separately at most sporting goods stores. These inserts are designed to help you perform better and keep you safe from injuries.
8.Heel Cups or Wedges
These are often used in conjunction with arch supports to realign the heel bone, add extra support to it, and reduce stress on ligaments and tendons attached to it.
9.Ball-of-Foot Arch Supports
As the name suggests, these arch supports go under the ball of your foot to provide additional cushioning and support. They can help relieve pain in this area, as well as prevent further injury from occurring.
10.Custom-Made Arch Supports
As the name suggests, these supports are made specifically for your feet based on a mold or cast of your feet. This ensures that they will provide the best possible fit and support for your individual needs. Custom-made arch supports are available at a podiatrist’s clinic and come in a variety of high quality materials.
Custom-Made Arch Supports in Cincinnati, OH
At Cincinnati Foot & Ankle Care, we only provide the highest quality custom orthotics for our patients. Custom orthotics are highly specific to the needs of each patient. We can even make custom orthotics for different footwear, so you get the right support at all times.
Custom orthotics may be covered by your insurance plan. To schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified podiatrists, call our podiatry clinic nearest you, or use our convenient online request form. We look forward to providing you with the best in podiatry treatment in Cincinnati.