Centreville Foot & Ankle Clinic -  - Podiatrist

James M. Hurst, DPM

Podiatrist located in Centreville, VA

Orthotics Specialist

If you’ve tried every shoe insert they have at the store and you’re still in pain, it’s time to look into a customized option. At Centreville Foot & Ankle Clinic in Centreville, Virginia, James M. Hurst, DPM, can fit you for orthotics. These inserts, designed specifically for your feet, provide support exactly where you need it. You’ll probably even be in less pain the same day you start wearing your custom orthotics.

Orthotics Q&A

What is the difference between custom orthotics and shoe inserts?

Custom orthotics are designed for your own feet. They’ll provide strong support where you need it, without going overboard in places you don’t. You’ll have just the right amount of cushioning to relieve and prevent foot pain. Plus, custom orthotics are designed to move with your feet, meaning they won’t slip around in your shoes.

General shoe inserts, such as arch supports and insoles, are usually easy to find at any grocery store. But they’re designed for every foot. While you might get some initial cushioning and pain relief, it likely won’t last long. As the shoe insert quickly wears down, or improperly supports your foot, you’ll probably be in even more pain.

Why would I need orthotics?

If you just need a little relief from standing or walking all day, you might do just fine with over-the-counter shoe inserts. But chronic, severe foot pain can be a sign that you have to get a thorough evaluation from an expert, like Dr. Hurst. Once you get a diagnosis, Dr. Hurst may recommend custom orthotics if you have:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bone spurs
  • A stone bruise
  • Arthritis
  • A heel fracture

Do I have to wear orthotics permanently?

It depends on your condition. You might only need orthotics temporarily while an injury is healing. If you have a more chronic condition though, like arthritis or flat feet, orthotics might become a permanent fixture in your shoes. Because they’re designed to fit your feet perfectly, you’ll probably find that your orthotics are so comfortable that you’ll want to wear them all the time.  

Are orthotics expensive?

It’s true that you’ll likely pay more upfront for your orthotics than store-bought inserts. But many times, they’re designed to last for years. So if you’re used to replacing your inserts every month or so as they wear down, you won’t have to worry about that with orthotics. Their long-lasting, durable material will keep your feet pain-free for a long time.

It’s even possible that your insurance or flexible spending account might cover a portion of your custom orthotics, further decreasing any amount you’ll have to pay out of pocket.


We accept the majority of health insurance plans. Please call our office if you do not see yours listed or have any other questions.

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    "Great experience I went to his office feeling too much pain . Left with no pain ."

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    "Dr. Hurst is excellent and very knowledgeable. I saw him for a few months time for a foot procedure and he did a great job."

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    "Very professional practice ...r. Hurst himself is down to earth , knowledgeable and caring . I think he is the best podiatrist I have ever encountered"

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    "Awesome staff and caring Doctor. Was referred by a friend, I live 40 miles away and didn't want to travel that far, but so glad I did."

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Centreville Foot & Ankle Clinic
5729 Centre Square Dr.
Centreville, VA 20120
Phone: 703-830-3338
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James Hurst, DPM
5729 Centre Square Dr.
Centreville, VA 20120