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Orthotics Provide Relief for Aching Feet

Have you heard of custom orthotics? Do you know what they are and what they are used for? Do you know the difference between orthotics and over-the-counter gel inserts? Here is some useful information from Cook County podiatrist Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos:

What Are Orthotics?

Custom orthotics are medical devices provided to men, women, and children of all ages by an expert podiatrist. Slipped into the shoes, they can improve foot and ankle movement and increase comfort, stability, and mobility. Numerous studies have demonstrated custom orthotics can decrease foot pain and improve function.

There are two types of orthotics:

Your podiatrist uses orthotics to treat a wide range of issues, including:

Shoe Inserts vs. Custom Orthotics

The one-size-fits-all shoe inserts sold in pharmacies and big-box stores might provide some short-term relief for your foot pain, but they’re no match for custom orthotics provided by your podiatrist. Those over-the-counter inserts add a bit of cushioning and support to your shoes, but custom orthotics will do a better job of accommodating your unique foot structure. They are so much better for your feet that some insurance plans will assist with their cost. Check with your provider to learn more about your coverage.


If you are suffering from foot pain, orthotics may provide relief. Learn more today. Call My Chicago Foot Expert at (773) 561-8100 or click here to schedule a visit with Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, in our Ravenswood office.

Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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