Risks Of Not Wearing Orthotics

When you experience problems with your feet, you’ll often find that it causes discomfort in other parts of your body such as the hips, knees and back as well. One way of treating foot problems and preventing them from affecting the rest of your body, is with orthotics.

Custom-made foot orthotics are medical devices inserted into the shoe to correct an abnormal or irregular walking pattern. An orthotic insole can act as a cushion between the foot and the ground and help alter the way force travels through the leg.

Think orthotics might be right for you? Keep on reading to find out if you need orthotics, and how they might be able to help you.

Conditions That Can Be Mitigated With Orthotics

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Metatarsalgia

Some types of chronic foot pain are caused by biomechanical dysfunction, which means that your feet and ankles are not in proper alignment and don’t function normally when running, walking, or even just standing still. Flat feet or fallen arches are another foot issue that can be helped with orthotics.

When Should You Wear Orthotics?

While orthotics can relieve the discomfort that often accompanies the aforementioned conditions, they can’t cure any of these conditions.

Orthotics are a lot like eyeglasses; some people just need them for certain things like reading or driving, others can’t see a thing unless they wear them all the time. The point is, when you’re not wearing glasses, the problem the glasses are supposed to help with are still there. The same holds true for orthotics — they correct foot function, not actual foot problems.

Orthotics reposition your feet in order to relieve discomfort. When you stop wearing them, the pain returns. Again, the analogy with eyeglasses applies in that some people might only need to wear orthotics when running, for example, but not when just walking normally.
If you have orthotics, you should make sure that your orthotics are checked yearly to ensure that they are still in good working order. While soft orthotics may wear out sooner, 2-3 years is the normal lifespan of an orthotic appliance used by someone who has a regular body type and wears their orthotics every day.

Wearing Orthotics, to Not Wearing Orthotics

In a number of instances, people who wear orthotics might begin to wonder if there is a way to transition away from them after they have been wearing them for a long time, especially if their feet have been feeling better.

If orthotics were recommended for dealing with a specific injury and that injury has since healed, transitioning out of the orthotics is a good idea since wearing them for too long may cause your foot muscles to weaken. In this case, transitioning out of your orthotics will take time, as you will need to work on specific exercises meant to strengthen your feet and calves, and correct your movements and posture.

If you think you may need orthotics or are looking to transition away from them, it’s a good idea to consult with a qualified professional first. For more information about orthotics and how they can help you deal with the symptoms of your condition, contact Physiomed today.