The Difference Between Orthotics and Insoles

Many people who suffer from foot and joint pain related to walking, running, or other sports are often suggested to invest in orthotics. A simple internet search query for “orthotics” will result in thousands of results, including Americules JMAC Shock-Absorbing shoe inserts. So, the next question is usually, “what is the difference between orthotics and insoles?” In today’s post, we will take a look at the differences and how they can work together to reduce or eliminate your pain.

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are special devices that are used to relieve pain in the foot by realigning and supporting the ligaments and musculoskeletal structures of the foot. Orthotics can be custom-made by a podiatrist or can be purchased over-the-counter in the form of arch support insoles. Common conditions that are treated with orthotics include:

  • Metatarsalgia
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bunion
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Fallen arch/ flat foot

Orthotics can range from very rigid to semi-soft, but they all serve the purpose of aligning the foot correctly. Custom-made orthotics are made by a podiatrist to fit and support your unique foot shape and structures.

What are insoles/ shoe inserts?

Insoles or shoe inserts are terms that can be used interchangeably, and both describe the device that can be added to shoes to provide cushion and shock absorption. Shoe inserts are designed to provide comfort, alleviate pressure points, and absorb shock from impact. They do little to support the structures of the feet or correct conditions such as fallen arches or Plantar fasciitis. Shoe inserts are after-market products that can be added to shoes or replace the commercial insole that comes in the shoe. Most shoe inserts are offered in sizes that can be cut to match your foot and shoe.

Which one is right for you?

In most cases, a shoe insert works for most people. Polymer gel insoles like JMAC Shock-Absorbing insoles are great for providing comfort and reducing shock caused by standing, walking, or running. For those who suffer from foot or joint pain caused by a misalignment of a foot structure, such as one of the conditions listed above, orthotics may be more appropriate. However, since orthotics do little to absorb shock or provide comfort, many people find it much more comfortable to use both!

JMAC shoe inserts do not affect the effectiveness of other insoles or orthotics and can be used in combination with any other shoe device, although we strongly advise against using other gel inserts with JMAC. The JMAC insoles can be placed on top of or beneath other shoe inserts, insoles, or devices. If you have flat feet, you can use an arch support device and still experience the shock-absorbing comfort offered by the polymer shoe insert from Americule’s JAMC.

To reduce your foot pain and experience more comfort all day long — at work, at play, all day — in any pair of shoes, try the JMAC Shock-Absorbing insole today!