Do you need orthotics forever?

Orthotics are like eyeglasses and meant to be worn indefinitely. Eyeglasses change the shape of light to allow one to see better. Orthotics change the way ground reactive forces hit the feet, to allow one to walk better. They work to support certain muscles and ligaments, so that there is not excess strain on them.

Do 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.

When should you stop wearing orthotics?

It is important that you don’t stop wearing them abruptly. This is more so if you have been wearing orthotics for a long time. It may take between 3 and 6 months for you to completely stop wearing orthotics.

How long do you need to wear orthotics?

Your orthotics should be in good usable condition for 1-4 years. They can last longer depending on your body weight and activity level. Custom orthotics can typically be “refurbished,” so DO NOT throw them away.

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Do 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.

Should orthotics hurt at first?

Although your orthotics may eventually need adjusting, do your best to get used to them before making changes. After all, orthotics are rarely comfortable at first. That’s because they essentially retrain affected muscles to work differently.

Why do my feet hurt after wearing orthotics?

Your orthotics were not properly fitted or designed, or are worn out. Improper design or fit is one of the top reasons for foot pain from orthotics. If you have an improperly fitting foot orthosis, it is often because you have chosen an off-the-shelf solution that does not fit your specific foot shape correctly.

Do orthotics really work?

Foot orthotics do not actually correct foot or ankle problems, such as fallen arches. But “orthotics can reposition the structures in the foot to help them move properly and reduce the chance of injury,” says Rock CJay Positano.

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.

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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.

Are hard orthotics better than soft?

The length of orthotic can impact flexibility as well — which is why individuals with longer feet typically need a thicker orthotic than those with smaller feet — as can curvature of the device. In some cases, a rigid (or semi-rigid) orthotic is more beneficial. Other times, a soft orthotic is preferred.

How often should you get new orthotics?

Our podiatrists recommend having your orthotics evaluated yearly, to check on wear, and replaced every 3 years. For pediatric orthotics, patients should follow up every 6 months, to monitor their development, and have their orthotics replaced after they grow 2 shoe sizes.

How quickly do orthotics work?

It usually takes one to two weeks to become completely used to wearing your orthotics but this time can differ from person to person. Most people can wear the orthotics full time in 3-5 days. ✓ You should start each day with your orthotics in your shoes.

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