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The Truth about Orthotics: What They Are—And Are Not

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Fitting orthotics to your feetFor tools like orthotics, people understand that they’re useful, but aren’t sure why or how. As a result, they use their inserts infrequently or wonder why they’re using them at all. Understanding what your custom orthotics are for—and are not for—can help you use them correctly so you get the most out of them.

First, it’s important to understand what custom orthotics are: they’re prescription-based insoles that slip into your shoes to relieve pain and improve your foot function. They must be designed by an experienced doctor to fit both your feet and your specific needs. So how does this help you?

Well, many painful foot problems develop when your lower limbs are under a lot of pressure that strains or overworks them. Sometimes your biomechanics are simply faulty, so your foot doesn’t function at its best, leading to more pain and overuse. A custom orthotic provides the support, stability, and cushioning your feet need so they can absorb pressure and stress when you stand and walk. If your feet are doing something wrong when you walk around—which could overwork them—your prescription insoles can help correct that, saving you from pain and injuries.

At the same time, it’s important to know what custom orthotics are not: they aren’t a one-time fix. If you get orthotics because your feet are in pain but stop wearing them once your lower limbs feel better, the problems will come back. It can be helpful to think of custom orthotics like glasses for your feet. They’re beneficial as long as you’re wearing them. When you don’t use them, they can’t help you. That’s why it’s important to wear them as much as you can.

Your custom orthotics are tools to help provide your feet with better support and shock absorption. They can correct biomechanical issues and help you be active without pain. They only work if you use them correctly, though. Let our experts at Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. in Milford and Hamden, CT, help you decide if custom orthotics are right for your feet. Use our website or call us to schedule an appointment today: call (203) 876-7736 for our Milford office, or (203) 288-4055 for our Hamden location.
Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
Dr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.
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