Considering getting custom orthotics? Here are some things you should know:
The orthotics industry is poorly regulated
Almost any healthcare professional can sell orthotics. Just because someone sells them, doesn’t mean they are qualified to do so. It is important to be assessed by someone you trust in order to get an orthotic that will suit you best, and not necessarily the cheapest provider.
Custom orthotics are different from insoles
Orthotics help provide cushion and support to help with various foot conditions. They may also be indicated for low back pain, depending on your case.
While you can get over-the-counter insoles from pharmacies and sporting goods stores, and they are sometimes all you need, custom orthotics are designed especially for your feet. They are made based on casts or scans of your feet and are designed to suit you best.
There are many different kinds of orthotics
A wide range of different kinds of orthotics are available to help alleviate pain and treat conditions like:
- Flat feet
- High-arched feet
- Heel spur
- Plantar fasciitis
- Shin splints
- Lower back pain
You May need to ease into wearing orthotics
Although some people adapt to wearing foot orthotics quickly, you may experience a break in period and wear them for a few hours each day at first. Gradually increase the amount of time you wear them until your feet adapt to them.
You shouldn’t wear them during vigorous activity, like sports, right away. When you are used to them, you should wear them while doing things that aggravate your particular condition
If you would like to know more about orthotics, please feel free to contact us at 613-542-9822.