What Are the Main Problems of Using Orthotic Insoles?

If you have recently been to see a podiatrist or have current concerns about your foot health, you may be curious about the pros and cons of having custom orthotics insoles. There are many rumors and concerns that people have. We address some of the main problems with orthotic insoles in this article. If you have more questions about orthotic insoles after reading this article, you can give our Best Foot Doctor offices a call to make an appointment. Our helpful staff is very familiar with understanding orthotic insoles and can help you make an informed decision about how to correct your current foot condition.

Problem #1: Orthotic Insoles Can Be Expensive.

Although largely a myth, many people are concerned that orthotic insoles will be too expensive and do not even try to pursue trying them. There are many different price points for orthotic insoles, ranging from mass-market varieties (that may do more harm than good) to fully-customized orthotics that we can make to fit your foot and shoes exactly. In addition, some insurance plans may cover some podiatry expenses, so you may pay less than you think for custom orthotics. The best way to understand the cost of corrective orthotics is to talk to a podiatrist. 

Problem #2:  Orthotics Don’t Fit Well in My Shoes.

Most often, the issue of orthotics not fitting in shoes can be corrected by using high-quality orthotics, especially custom-made ones. Our offices can prescribe custom orthotics that will fit almost any shoe. In addition, for orthotics to have the maximum effect, you want to wear them in shoes you will be standing in for long periods of time. Putting orthotics in shoes you only wear at a desk all day will have little effect on your posture and gait. While some shoes like ballet flats will not hold orthotics, most shoes can if you use proper orthotics.

Problem #3: Orthotic Insoles Cause Foot Pain.

While there will be an adjustment period when using a new corrective device like orthotics, foot pain is often eased with high-quality orthotic insoles. If you are currently using insoles and they are causing pain, you should see your prescriber or a podiatrist you trust to have them evaluated and adjusted. There is no reason to live in pain when you can have them fixed.

Problem #4: Orthotics Become a Crutch/Orthotics Make Feet Weak.

We hear this concern often, but in reality, many orthotics do not need to be worn forever. In many cases, even custom orthotics can be worn for a period of time to help ease symptoms, but it is up to the patient whether or not to continue wearing them after the foot has healed. There are many forms of stretches and foot strengthening exercises that can help correct poor foot posture so you don’t have to wear orthotic insoles forever.

How to Find An Orthotic Insole Foot Doctor in New York City (NYC)

If you are in search of a foot doctor to help you find good insoles or to correct some you already own, Best Foot Doctor in New York City (NYC) has offices in Queens, Manhattan, and Brooklyn that are open and ready to serve our communities. You can give us a call today to schedule an appointment with our highly-trained and helpful staff, who can answer any further questions or concerns you may have about orthotic insoles.

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