Why Do Orthotics Hurt My Feet

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Have you already tried traditional, at-home methods to solve your foot pain woes? For example, massaging your feet, soaking them, taking aspirin, using warm or cold packs, but nothing seems to help alleviate the pain? When your at-home treatments do not work or start no longer working, then it is time for you to seek professional treatment with your Podiatrist. 

It doesn’t matter what the cause of your foot pain is. It could be Achilles tendonitis, arch pain, bunions, flat feet, heel pain, overpronation, hammertoes, or another foot condition. Your Podiatrist will most likely prescribe your custom orthotics. But how effective are custom orthotics? And what if they end up causing you even more painful symptoms?

Will custom orthotic inserts really work for me?

In a study recently published in the journal of physical therapy science, orthotic insoles were shown to improve the pressure and pain that comes from having flat feet. Another review of orthotics in the pain science journal revealed that custom orthotic shoe inserts were helpful with treating many different foot conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, arthritis, diabetes and other conditions that negatively affect pain in the ball of the foot.

There are also many other painful foot conditions in which custom orthotic insoles are prescribed, including Achilles tendonitis, hammertoes, bunions, and even misalignment. When orthotic insoles are prescribed and used in conjunction with other types of treatment. Then your custom shoe inserts will most likely provide you with some quick relief for your pain. However, if they are not working for you and you end up getting more foot pain from them, it is good to get in touch with your Podiatrist. 

Why do your custom orthotics cause pain?

Unfortunately, many custom orthotic shoe inserts cannot guarantee results. Experiencing stress from your orthotics may even result in weak ankles, feet or knees, and it can cause excess foot pain. 

It’s also important to understand that it is hard or nearly impossible to feel relief from orthotic inserts that were not fitted or made correctly. You could also experience sore muscles due to your body trying its best to adapt to the orthotics. You could also need to adjust your orthotics because the pressure and strain on your feet will change over time. 

How long does it usually take for me to get used to my orthotics?

The time it will take for you to get used to your custom orthotics will be different for everyone. Some start wearing their custom insoles, and the only thing that they experience is the fact that they have instant relief. On the other hand, others can take a little more time than that. In general, it may take a few weeks for your body to get used to wearing your orthotics. 

To break in your custom orthotics in the most comfortable way possible, you should begin wearing them for just an hour each day or two.

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