Are hard orthotics bad for your feet?

Are orthotics supposed to be hard?

If you are assessed correctly and you are cast for orthotics correctly for your biomechanical needs then material 'hardness' is irrelevant. (There are exceptions to this rule in situations like midfoot Osteoarthritis.) Hard orthotics work for clients that need control. Soft orthotics work for clients that need support.

Why are my orthotics hard?

The first reason why hard, inflexible custom orthotic insoles are a healthcare booboo is that the human arch is a flexible dynamic living structure. The second reason very stiff custom orthotic insoles are a healthcare booboo is that our flexible arches evolved to interact with flexible dynamic uneven terrain.

Can orthotics cause sciatica?

As a result, you flex at the hips, which stresses the muscles and vertebrae in your lower back near the nerve. Shoes that don't have cushioned insoles or that don't provide adequate arch support can also trigger sciatica.

Will I have to wear 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.

Why are orthotics bad for you?

Perhaps most importantly, wearing the wrong insole can create new injuries due to the impact OTC insoles have on the function of our feet and ankles. Orthotics alter the way our bodies move, affecting how we walk, stand, and absorb shock from the ground.

Are orthotics for life?

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.

What happens when you stop wearing 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.

How often do orthotics need to be replaced?

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.

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