It is estimated that one in four people are affected by foot pain. Foot pain occurs for a number of reasons, including arthritis, deformities, such as bunions, and high arches. Foot pain is more common among older adults. What many people may not realize is that custom-made insoles (orthotics) can relieve pain.
Custom-made insoles are individually formed from molds made of the feet. They provide support and shock-absorption. Cochrane Researchers found that custom-made insoles could relieve foot pain within three months for adults with high arches or adults and children with arthritis. For people with big toe joint conditions, pain relief can be achieved within six months. Researchers are investigating the effectiveness of custom-made insoles for other foot conditions. For many, custom insoles are a nonsurgical and medication-free way of relieving pain and improving quality of life.