FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are orthotic devices used for?
Orthotic devices, or foot orthotics, are used to both align and support the foot and the ankle. They are used to minimize pain, treat injuries, and prevent further damage to the foot or ankle. Orthotic devices can relieve pressure from certain points on the foot and help to evenly distribute weight so as not to cause damage to one part of the foot.
What is orthotic arch support?
Orthotic arch support devices aim to balance the foot and keep it leveled, despite the arch being too high or too flat. If the arch of the foot is too high or too flat, it can put pressure on other parts of the foot and cause chronic pain in the feet, ankles, and even the calves. The pain can even move up to the lower back if it isn't treated. Arch support can alleviate the pressure on the center of the foot.
How do I know if I need insoles?
There are a few signs that can help let you know it's time to invest in some orthotic insoles. Start by checking your shoes. If your shoes show uneven signs of wear (for example, the heel is more worn on the inner portion of the sole versus the outer portion) then it's safe to say your body weight isn't evenly distributed and could be damaging your feet. If you have problems with balance or if you find you constantly have pain in the same parts of your foot no matter what shoe you wear, then you may want to consider orthotic insoles.
Can I use the same insoles for all of my shoes?
Yes, you can use the same pair of insoles for all of your shoes. Just make sure that your shoes are all the same sizes and make sure to buy a top-notch insole. Also, most insoles can be trimmed in the front and made to fit any sized shoe. When using insoles make sure to take out the shoe's existing sole, otherwise, the insoles won't fit right. And if you have a serious condition with medium to severe symptoms it's always a good idea to speak to your doctor to help you choose the right insole.
What is the difference between insoles and orthotics?
Shoe insoles can help make a shoe more comfortable, particularly if you are on your feet all day long or plan to do a lot of walking. But they are not enough to help manage chronic foot pain. If you have severe foot and ankle pain, you will need to consult a healthcare professional about the possibility of orthotic insoles that are specifically designed to support your unique foot shape and alleviate excessive pressure points caused by any irregularities.
What are the 3 types of orthotics?
Soft orthotic insoles are able to provide an extra layer of cushion and absorb shock a little bit better. They can make a shoe feel more comfortable. A semi-rigid orthotic insole is highly recommended for flat feet and can help offer both comfort and improved stability. Rigid orthotic insoles provide more stability but they also support the foot enough to prevent the same problematic movements that cause pain in the first place.
What to expect when you start wearing orthotics?
Orthotic inserts can feel a little unusual the first few times you wear them. You simply need to adjust. Just a slight difference in your shoes can make you feel completely different when standing. It may take up to three or four weeks before you feel comfortable in your new orthotic insoles. As you adjust, avoid intense activities like running, with your orthotics. It can apply too much pressure for your foot has adjusted to the balance.
How many hours a day should you wear orthotics?
You can start by wearing orthotic shoe inserts for an hour or two per day. You can slowly work your way up to 8 hours a day. In most cases, you will only need orthotic supplies for three to six months and then the issue should be resolved. If you have a chronic problem that cannot be fixed in a few months, you may have to wear them indefinitely. In either scenario, be sure not to wear them more than eight hours per day. It's important to allow your feet to move naturally. To ensure your foot problem heals, it is highly recommended to combine orthotic insoles with regular foot and ankle strengthening exercises.
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