Foot Pain: Insoles Vs. Orthotic Inserts

For many of our patients who suffer with foot pain their first thought that enters their mind is to try an insole from their local pharmacy. While these ‘off the shelf’, usually gel insoles might feel good against your fingertips, the truth is that they don’t do much to correct real problems that can begin with foot pain. Gel insoles may simply mask your symptoms while more damage is done over time.

To understand why custom orthotic inserts are often a better option, it’s important to know where foot pain comes from, and what can happen if it goes untreated. Your foot is made of 26 bones, connected with 33 joints. When your shoes don’t offer proper support, it strains your tendons and might cause the arch to collapse from over-pronation. This may cause a chain reaction of pain up your leg and back, affecting both soft tissue and joints.

Your body is a complicated system. Our biomechanically designed custom orthotic inserts help keep it working at its peak.

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What are Orthotic Inserts?

Biomechanically designed orthotic inserts help to stabilize your subtalar joint and limit unnecessary heel movement. Unlike shop bought gel insoles, which can mask problems in your legs and back, our orthotic inserts can evenly distribute the pressure each step can create and help to reduce strain.

The Ledbrook Clinic invites you to try the custom orthotic insert that’s best for your lifestyle. You’ll get optimal fit based on the style of shoe you wear. Not only will you feel more support from an insole that fit the exact contours of your foot, you will have taken the first steps to help relieve stress throughout your entire body.

Flat shop bought insoles or gel shoe inserts designed to provide temporary pain relief. They might provide short-term comfort, but they often don’t give you the support you need to correct back pain, foot pain and other bodily ailments.

Custom orthotic inserts, however, are designed to actually correct the function of the mobile parts of your body. Ledbrook custom orthotic inserts instinctively fit into your shoes to help control the amount that your foot flattens. Our products therefore help to evenly distribute your weight, realign your skeletal system and take harmful pressure off of your joints. The result is that you can not only prevent further damage to your feet, but also relieve pain due to harmful irregularities in your joints or skeletal system.

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Many manufacturers of ‘off the shelf’ shoe insoles claim that they will relieve your pain and offer arch support, but Ledbrook custom orthotic inserts are biomechanically engineered to keep you running faster, walking longer, and living free of pain.

To book a consultation please contact us.


  1. Bridget Nicholas Says: March 14, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Enquiring about orthotics for my father. He suffers with back and knee pain. He has had some orthotics made with the NHS, but they do not fit his shoes correctly and are quite bulky. Wondered how much you charge for initial consultation and how much for making the orthotics please?
    Look forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you.

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