How long does it take to get used to new orthotics?

How long before orthotics stop hurting?

We find that it typically takes two weeks for the average person to break in a new set of orthotics. If you’re not comfortable wearing your orthotics full-time after two weeks, we recommend that you come back and see us.

Can 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.

How long does it take to break in new insoles?

It is not uncommon to require break-in times for new adaptations. Your body will typically take 2-3 weeks to get used to your new foot inserts. During this period of time, we ask that you follow these simple rules to have the best transition: Start by wearing your orthopedic foot inserts 2-3x each day.

How should new orthotics feel?

Once in the shoes, the orthotics should feel fairly natural to your feet. They should provide contact over the entire bottom of your feet. It is normal to feel the orthotics slightly more or differently in one foot than in the other for the first few weeks.

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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.

Are orthotics uncomfortable 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.

Can orthotics do more harm than good?

Most certainly not! To most effectively treat a problem, you must be sure of its cause. If your foot pain is minor and only an accommodative issue, then some store-bought cushioned inserts could be just the thing you need.

Is it normal for orthotics to hurt?

The short answer is no; orthotics are custom-designed for each patient and are intended to help your feet, not hurt them.

Should new insoles hurt?

For example you may be asked to wear your custom insoles for one hour per day and increase your use of them gradually. However, your prescribing health care professional will advise on this. On the whole, any discomfort should be mild and of a reducing nature.

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.

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Will I have to wear orthotics forever?

In most cases, we give people the choice to continue or stop using orthotics. We only encourage people to continue using orthotics if we think they’ll help to prevent a structural or functional issue from contributing to the development of foot and leg pain in the future.

Do Orthotics change the shape of your feet?

But the truth is that our feet are always slowly changing shape throughout our lives, just from normal aging and use. So your orthotics may need to be re-casted and replaced after many years of use, even if they remain in great shape otherwise.