Once we have determined if orthotics are necessary and suitable for you, we take take a 3D scan of your feet. These scans are then used in combination with our biomechanical assessment to have an orthotic manufactured at our orthotic laboratory. This process takes 2 weeks from the 3D scan to the day you receive your orthotics.
Pharmacy or other store bought orthotics may help with your foot pain. There are many different types and designs of store-bought orthotics and it is impossible to know if the ones you have are appropriate for you feet without an assessment. One thing we can say is that in general, store-bought orthotics offer only minimal support to the foot. Custom orthotics give the podiatrist the ability to use their expertise to design a device that will get the best function from your feet.
It is difficult to answer this question without a biomechanical assessment. However, if your foot/leg pain gets worse with increased use or activity then there is a good chance that the way your foot functions is contributing to your pain. This is something that can be addressed with orthotic therapy.