By Dr. Ken Lefkowitz

I’ll begin by clearing up a common misconception. Everyone should be aware that shoe inserts are not the same thing as prescription orthotics. If you buy shoe inserts from a store, they will not treat the same issues as the orthotics from your podiatrist do, and will not provide the same quality of treatment. Shoe inserts can only be useful if you need arch support, extra cushioning, or a barrier to prevent your feet from rubbing against your toes. Prescription orthotics treat a much wider range of issues.


Custom orthotics are specially made for you. They are crafted to match the contours of your feet and are customized for your specific way of movement and pathology. This is what makes the major difference in effectiveness as compared to over-the-counter shoe inserts. There are two kinds of prescription orthotics; functional orthotics and accommodative orthotics. Functional orthotics can treat shin splints, tendonitis, and foot pain caused by abnormal movement. Accommodative orthotics are employed to treat diabetic foot ulcers, painful calluses on the bottom of the feet, and a variety of other uncomfortable conditions such as plantar fasciitis, bursitis, and general foot and ankle pain.


Here at Quality Foot Care, we use advanced technology combined with an in depth exam to create orthotics that are perfect for your feet. Most importantly, we listen to your concerns and complaints to deliver the treatment you deserve. Visit us at our Doylestown office this fall. To make an appointment today, call 215-230-9707.