Custom orthopedic inserts can do wonders for your feet and get you back to walking without pain. If you’re still on the fence as to whether you should go with a generic insert or have one custom-fitted to your foot, this blog is for you. In today’s blog, we explain why a custom foot orthotic can be the perfect solution to your foot issue.
Why Choose A Custom-Made Foot Orthotic
The main reason why you should consider a custom-made orthotic insert for your foot issue is because it is tailored to your individual needs. Nobody’s foot is contoured or handles pressure in the exact same way you do, so you deserve an orthotic built to your specific foot shape.
Generic orthotics are designed to provide basic support to a standard foot. They can’t take into account your high arches, your pronated gait or the arthritis in your left ankle. If your individual issues are not being accounted for by a generic orthotic insert, then your foot discomfort is unlikely to get better. Many people end up wasting valuable time and money trying to treat a foot problem with a generic insert only to find that it doesn’t treat their unique foot shape. Instead, turn to a custom-built orthotic right away and know that the insert is helping. Custom orthotics can help to treat a number of different foot conditions, including but not limited to:
- Arch pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Ankle Instability
- Joint problems in the hip or knee
Custom-made orthotic inserts can be a wonderful treatment option for a range of foot conditions, but because they are more of a passive technique, it’s important that an insert isn’t your only form of treatment. A custom orthotic is a great compliment to a treatment plan that includes other modalities like physical therapy, low-impact exercise and weight loss, but it’s unlikely to fully heal your foot issue on its own. However, it can make movement and exercise more comfortable, allowing you to reap the benefits of these additional treatment techniques.
Finally, you will also want to be smart about how you adjust to wearing your new custom-made orthotics. Wearing them for a full work day right away can lead to discomfort as your feet adapt to the new ways that stress is channeled through your feet. We usually recommend gradually introducing them over the course of 2-3 weeks. Consider wearing them for about 30-60 minutes for the first day, and then increasing the time spent in those orthotics by 30-60 minutes each day until you’re comfortable wearing them for eight hours or more a day. Give your feet some time to get adjusted to these new orthotics, even if they feel very comfortable from the start!