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How Much Do Foot Orthotics Cost?

 
low costWith Health Insurance: Copay or 10%-50% Coinsuranceaverage costWithout Health Insurance: $10-$800
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Foot orthotics support and cushion the foot and can be used to treat problems with alignment that can contribute to injury. They can be used for foot conditions like plantar fasciitis, flat feet, hammer toe and neuroma.

Typical costs:

  • For patients covered by health insurance, the typical out-of-pocket cost for doctor-prescribed foot orthotics consists of a durable goods copay or coinsurance of 10%-50%. Foot orthotics are excluded by some insurance plans. For example, most Aetna plans[1] typically do not cover orthotics.
  • For patients not covered by health insurance, foot orthotics typically cost about $10-$80 for off-the-shelf orthotics, or about $100-$200 for non-prescription orthotics made from a do-it-yourself mold of the patient's feet. Prescription custom orthotics typically cost about $200-$800.
  • For example, FootSmart.com charges about $6-$80 for off-the-shelf orthotics[2] . OrthoticShop.com charges about $6-$50 for off-the-shelf cushioned insoles[3] , about $20-$60 for off-the-shelf low arch insoles[4] or for off-the-shelf overpronation[5] insoles, which help to stop overpronation, which occurs when the foot from rolls inward too much during walking or running.
  • FootSmart.com charges about $100-$130 for non-prescription custom fit orthotics [6] made from a foam mold of the feet taken by the patient and mailed to the manufacturer. And OrthoticShop.com charges $100 -$200 for non-prescription custom fit orthotics[7] made from a mold taken by the patient.
  • According to Podiatry Today, the typical cost of prescription custom foot orthotics[8] ordered through a doctor ranges from $400 -$600. Patients on a forum at AllNurses.com report costs for custom orthotics[9] of about $200-$800.
Related articles: Morton's Neuroma Treatment, Flat Feet Treatment, Hammer Toe Treatment, Crutches, Physical Therapy

What should be included:
  • A patient can purchase a pair of off-the-shelf orthotics to provide cushioning, padding or arch support -- or to address overpronation or other issues. Some companies also offer orthotics that can be made from a mold for a better fit; typically, the company sends a mold kit, the patient takes molds of the feet and mails them to the company, which makes the orthotics.
  • If a patient is experiencing foot pain or discomfort that might be caused by a foot problem such as plantar fasciitis, Morton's neuroma or flat feet, for example, a doctor can prescribe custom orthotics if necessary. The doctor typically will conduct an exam, gait analysis and do casting of the feet. The casts are then sent to a laboratory that manufactures the orthotics to fit that patient.
  • The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society offers an overview of foot orthotics[10] . The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers a list of the types of orthotics used for various conditions[11] .
Additional costs:
  • Physical therapy, which typically costs $50-$350 per session, might be required.
Discounts:
  • Some websites that sell off-the-shelf orthotics or pads offer discounts. For example, FootSmart.com offers discounts[12] such as free shipping or $15 off plus free shipping on orders of $150 or more.
Shopping for foot orthotics:
  • Patients can buy off-the-shelf orthotics at drug stores, running stores and online. Websites such as OrthoticShop.com[13] and FootSmart.com[14] sell both off-the-shelf and non-prescription custom fit orthotics.
  • A podiatrist can diagnose foot problems and prescribe orthotics. The American Podiatric Medical Association offers a podiatrist locator[15] .
  • In some cases, a patient may need to see an orthotist, a certified health professional who specializes in braces and other orthotics, to get evaluated and fitted for orthotics. The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics offers an orthotist locator[16] by state.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
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External Resources:
  1.  www.aetna.com/cpb/medical/data/400_499/0451.html
  2.  www.footsmart.com/orthotics-s.aspx?NavCmd=Ntk%3aAll%7corthotics%7c3%7c%2cAro%3a80%2cNs%...
  3.  www.orthoticshop.com/cushioned-insoles/
  4.  www.orthoticshop.com/low-arch-insoles/
  5.  www.orthoticshop.com/over-pronation-insoles/
  6.  www.footsmart.com/orthotics-s.aspx?NavCmd=Ntk%3aAll%7corthotics%7c3%7c%2cAro%3a80%2cNs%...
  7.  www.orthoticshop.com/custom-orthodics/custom-made-orthotics/
  8.  www.podiatrytoday.com/blogged/how-much-do-you-charge-for-foot-orthoses
  9.  allnurses.com/general-nursing-discussion/cost-orthotics-alternative-151319.html
  10.  www.aofas.org/footcaremd/how-to/footwear/Pages/The-Uses-and-Abuses-of-Orthotics.aspx
  11.  orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00172
  12.  www.footsmart.com/MarketingPage.aspx?pageId=36
  13.  www.orthoticshop.com
  14.  www.footsmart.com
  15.  www.apma.org/Learn/TodaysPodiatrist.cfm?
  16.  www.abcop.org/Pages/Directory.aspx?searchtype=Facility
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