How much do foot orthotics cost? How much should I pay for custom foot orthoses?
Foot orthoses (orthotics or insoles) are often recommended for the management of foot, ankle, knee, hip and even back pain.
Sometimes simple insoles or “off the shelf” orthoses are recommended, however often, in order to maximise the effectiveness of treatment, you may need custom or bespoke devices.
How much should I be paying for orthotics?
PodiPedia is here to help and guide you…
We have done a little research and have come up with some average UK price brackets. Prices will usually be on top of the cost of your appointment don’t forget.
Simple Insoles/orthoses: £20-£80 Depending on the type/style.
Modified or customised prefabricated insoles/orthoses: £40-£180 Depending on the level of customisation performed by the Podiatrist. The Podiatrist will usually take a blank device and modify it using their expertise and clinical assessments to create a prescription device for you.
Fully custom or bespoke foot orthoses: £250-£500 Depending on the style and type of manufacturing. These will generally need to be sent away and made in a lab or workshop, though more and more clinics have in-house facilities. 3d printing is becoming more and more popular within the profession too.
Remember, these are just averages from prices we have found across the UK. This does not represent the entire profession and some places may charge a lot more, or a lot less than others, but this may be their personal preference and they may charge more or less for their assessments and appointments.
If your Podiatrist (or any other health and fitness professional) recommends foot orthoses, then ask them how they plan on making them and what goes into it. Most Podiatrists love to talk about this and are really proud of their manufacturing and prescription skills and knowledge, and it will reassure you that you are getting what you are paying for.
Is it safe to buy insoles or orthoses off the internet or off the shelf/ from a shop?
This is a tricky question. Many patients come to clinic with a bag full of insoles they have bought off the internet and they have not helped or worked, so it can be a big waste of money.
Foot orthoses are medical devices, so we recommend finding a Podiatrist near you who can assess you and prescribe the right sort of device, if appropriate. They may tell you you don’t need foot orthoses and actually need to change your footwear or try exercise therapy instead?
You wouldn’t buy glasses off the internet without knowing your prescription first.
Do I need specific orthotics for running trainers or other sports shoes?
Many patients also ask us about custom running orthotics, or walking, skiing or cycling orthotics too.
It may be necessary for you to have different orthoses for different sports and activities depending on the footwear size, fit and style. A podiatrist can advise you on this too.
Thank you for reading
The PodiPedia Team