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Are Foot Orthoses Worth it?


One foot out of shoe

The current worldwide market for foot orthoses is reported to be worth around 3 to 4-billion-dollars. A lot of people are manufacturing and buying them! Foot orthoses come in many different forms from different sources. They can be bought on Amazon for less than £5 and you can buy them from health professionals for several hundreds of pounds.


First up let’s talk terminology:


Podiatrist/ Orthotist – Clinicians who prescribe orthoses

Orthotics – describes the specialism

Orthosis – a single orthotic device

Orthoses – more than one orthosis, e.g., a pair of foot orthoses