Quick Answer: Will I have to wear orthotics forever?

Do I need 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.

What happens if I stop wearing my orthotics?

If you choose not to wear your orthotics, you will be further damaging your feet to the point where it could lead to serious health issues. For example, custom orthotics are able to restore joint alignment in order for the surrounding muscles and connective tissue to maintain their function.

Are orthotics permanent?

No, custom orthotics will not permanently cure flat feet or other foot abnormalities. However, they are the most effective corrective device used to prevent your issue from getting worse.

Do Orthotics weaken your feet?

Orthotics work like eyeglasses; they only work while you are wearing them, and they do not weaken the muscles in your feet and legs. Orthotics are not a crutch or a brace, and your feet do not become dependent on them.

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.

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How do I know if my orthotics are working?

Wear or Damage – Take a look at your orthotics. If you see any cracks, broken pieces or the soles have worn thin, it is time to replace them. Shoes – Look at the bottom of your shoes. Orthotics are meant to correct any deformities in your feet, including alignment of your body.

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?

“They may cost less, but they usually do not properly correct the specific problems found in a person’s foot and may end up doing more harm than good,” including by worsening certain conditions and creating orthopedic problems elsewhere in the body.

What are the benefits of wearing orthotics?

What are the Benefits of Custom Orthotics?

  • Reduced ankle or leg pain.
  • Better balance.
  • Being able to walk farther or stand without pain for longer periods of time.
  • Reduced lower back pain.
  • Fewer calluses, corns, and bunions.
  • Improved posture.