We can’t take for granted that the pain we feel in our back, legs, or feet might be caused by something as simple as the position of our feet under our body weight when standing or moving around.
Foot orthotics work to correct position and placement to relieve some of the foot pain and discomfort that comes with less than optimal foot positioning.
In this blog, we’ll be looking at the following:
- What are foot orthotics?
- Types of foot orthotics
- Do foot orthotics change your feet?
- How long do foot orthotics take to start working?
- How long do foot orthotics last?
- What do foot orthotics help with?
- Who would benefit from foot orthotics?
- How do you tell if you need foot orthotics?
What are Foot Orthotics?
Foot orthotics are medical devices or shoe inserts prescribed by a doctor and fit by an orthotic expert, designed to be placed in your shoes to correct your feet and ankles’ alignment when weight bearing. These are different from insoles, which are simple foot cushioning and arch supports that don’t require a prescription.
Orthotics can correct and help manage pain from certain health conditions, including arthritis, bursitis, diabetes, fasciitis, and more.
Types of Orthotics
Foot orthotics differ in the type of materials used, offering more rigidity/firmness, flexibility, areas of relief, increased support, and types of cushion depending on each patient’s particular needs.
Do Foot Orthotics Change Your Feet?
Orthotics simply correct the position of your feet, allowing for a correct standing, walking, and running experience for orthotic patients – they do not permanently change the form of your foot.
How Long Do Foot Orthotics Take to Start Working?
It can take up to a month before your feet acclimate to your orthotics before you can wear them comfortably throughout an entire day. A break-in period is highly recommended by your orthotic professional.
How Long Do Foot Orthotics Last?
Orthotics typically last 2-3 years before they need to be replaced to continue optimal foot treatment. More active patients may see a faster breakdown of the orthosis due to increased wear and tear.
What Do Foot Orthotics Help With?
Given that prescription orthotics are customized and fit to each individual patient, orthotic devices are used for supporting or accommodating foot problems, whether it be lifting an arch, correcting foot abnormalities or toe deformity, etc.
Who Would Benefit from Foot Orthotics?
Patients who might find improvement from the benefits of custom foot orthotics include those who have the following conditions:
- Back Pain and Discomfort
- Flat Feet
- Hammer Toes
- Heel Pain/Spurs
- High Arches
- Foot Injuries
- Plantar Fasciitis
Ask your doctor about how orthotics may benefit you in treating symptoms of your particular medical condition.
How Do You Tell If You Need Foot Orthotics?
You might want to consider scheduling an appointment with your doctor or an orthotics specialist if you’re experiencing foot, back, ankle, or knee pain.
Find the Right Fit with Pongratz
If you’re experiencing pain and discomfort in your back, ankles, or feet, contact us, and we’ll assess if orthotics might be the right fit for you.
Contact us today and take the next step in ending your pain.