Many people can benefit from custom orthotics, but when presented with the option are unsure of how they work, or have difficulty adjusting once they have them. At Alpine Foot Specialists, we’re committed to serving our patients and answering their podiatry questions. Today, we’ll be answering some of the most-asked questions relating to orthotics.
What Are Orthotics? How Do Orthotics Work?
Orthotics are prescription medical devices that must be worn inside the shoe to correct a biomechanical foot problem. Many patients with orthotics wear them to address an improper standing posture or gait pattern. For some, orthotics provide relief for a specific condition such as plantar fasciitis or arthritis. A properly formed orthotic will offset the foot’s shape in a way that relieves pressure on the affected area.
How Long Do Custom Orthotics Last?
Custom orthotics can last up to five years. The lifespan of your orthotics depends on the materials used to create them. Different conditions will require different types of orthotics, including soft, rigid, or semi-rigid orthotics. Some materials are more durable than others, and your activity level may also make an impact. Taking proper care of your orthotics, such as removing them from your shoes every night, can also help extend their life.
Should Orthotics Hurt?
No. Orthotics should never hurt or cause blisters. Adjusting to wearing orthotics full time may cause some discomfort, and it’s not uncommon for a podiatrist to provide instructions for increasing wear over time. Any discomfort associated with orthotics should fall within the accepted boundaries for breaking in a new pair of shoes.
How Do I Stop My Orthotics From Squeaking?
Depending on the type of orthotic and the materials found inside your shoe, some squeaking may occur! Fortunately, this is usually easily fixed with items from around the house. A generous sprinkling of talcum powder, a dryer sheet, or a few pieces of duct tape around the edge of your orthotic will probably do the trick. Latex-free moleskin or a food grade spray lubricant are good next steps for a really persistent squeak.
Custom Orthotics in Lake Zurich
Custom orthotics are just one of the many podiatric products we offer at our practice in Lake Zurich. If you are experiencing foot pain, please do not hesitate to reach out for relief! Contact us to schedule an appointment or ask any other questions relating to our orthotics.