Orthotics are not a crutch or a brace, and your feet do not become dependent on them. Custom foot orthotics provide essential support in key areas that improve function and/or limit excess motion causing stress on the tissues of the foot.
Can everyone benefit from orthotics?
You may know them as orthotics, insoles, footbeds or inserts. Regardless of what you call them, not many of us have perfect feet. This means almost everyone can benefit from an orthopedic shoe.
Will I have to wear orthotics forever?
Yes you can absolutely stop wearing your orthotics and still be pain free. You will need to firstly be aware of what your foot posture is like without the orthotics. If you have been wearing orthotics for a substantial amount of time, it may take 3-6 months to eliminate wearing them completely.
Do you really need custom orthotics?
They are less expensive, and usually decrease pain and discomfort. However, you may have to replace them more often. Someone with a specific need, or a problem such as a severely flat foot, may benefit from custom prescription orthotics.
Are orthotics really necessary?
If you’ve made it though all of these debunked myths, you might be wondering if everyone could benefit from proper foot orthotics. That’s not true either! While there are many conditions, injuries, and disorders that can be treated with orthotics, they are certainly not needed for every person.
Can orthotics cause more problems?
Stress from orthotics can actually lead to weak ankles, feet or knees and cause additional foot pain. Furthermore, it’s difficult to get relief from orthotic inserts that weren’t made correctly. You may also suffer from sore muscles as your body attempts to adapt to the orthotics.
How long do a pair of orthotics last?
While a typical custom orthotic might last around 2-3 years on average, not every case is a typical one. Some people need theirs replaced every year, while others can get 5 years or more (occasionally much more) of use out of theirs.
Do orthotics weaken feet muscles?
Do Orthotics Weaken Feet? It’s a question that many foot health professionals and Pedorthists hear quite often. The short answer is no. There are no studies that indicate that the use of orthotics can cause long term or short-term weakness in the feet or legs.
Do orthotics help with balance?
Orthotics (Shoe Inserts)
Orthotics can help improve efficiency of your mechanics and keep you in good alignment when you walk or run. They can also help to distribute your body weight more evenly, which will reduce the ground reaction forces and maximize cushioning. All of these can help with balance.
Do you remove insoles when using orthotics?
It is always advisable to remove the footbed or insole from your shoes and replace them with your custom foot orthotics. You should not place your orthotics on top of the existing insoles. Your orthotics work best when they rest securely in your shoe, directly on the midsole (interior) of the shoe.
Can orthotics do more harm than good?
Again, excessive use of orthotics when they are not broken in will cause more harm than good. Let your feet get used to them and adhere to the break in period.
Do I need bigger shoes for orthotics?
If you require inserts or orthotics, you’ll need a roomier shoe; otherwise, the inserts can’t function properly and your shoes won’t fit right. 9. … When shoe shopping, remember that your feet are generally larger after an activity than preceding it, so buy accordingly.
How do I know if my orthotics are working?
If your pain is back, that’s an obvious indication of your orthotics’ inability to treat it any longer. You shouldn’t feel any pain while standing or running with orthotics, and if there’s formation of calluses and corns all over the sole, that’s how you know the orthotics are worn out.