Vol. 2 No. 2 (2022)
Health Technology Reviews

Custom-Made Foot Orthotics for People With Lower Limb Conditions

Published February 16, 2022

Key Messages

  • There were no statistically significant differences between custom-made foot orthotics and prefabricated foot orthotics for plantar heal pain in adults.
  • There is limited evidence for short-term pain relief and improved quality of life with custom-made orthotics compared to placebo or no intervention in adults with plantar fasciitis.
  • Custom-made foot orthotics are less cost-effective than other interventions (placebo, prefabricated orthotics, usual care) in the short and medium term.
  • Two evidence-based guidelines recommended the use of custom-made foot orthotics in patients with diabetes for prevention and treatment of foot ulceration.