Orthotics can sometimes sound like an intimidating name, especially when your doctor recommends them for foot pain. You may be thinking to yourself, what are orthotics? Are these going to make my feet hurt more? Are orthotics expensive? Will they actually help me? All of these are valid questions that you may have about orthotics and we can help you answer some of them here for you.
What are Orthotics?
Orthotics are devices used within your shoes to help alleviate pain and correct various foot problems.
Will Orthotics make my feet hurt?
When you first start to wear them, yes. Just like wearing a new pair of shoes, your feet will need to adjust. Since orthotics typically have built in arch supports and other foot correcting devices, your feet may become sore after the first few times the insoles are worn. However, the pain will subside and your feet will feel better than ever!
Are Orthotics expensive
Depending on the brand and whether or not your have them custom made can make the price jump up or down. Over the counter orthotics are much cheaper than custom orthotics. Lynco Orthotics start at about $40 per pair. Orthotics typically last about 6 months to a year, sometimes longer depending on how much wear and tear they go through. They are definitely not a bad investment.
Will Orthotics help me?
If they have been prescribed to you by a doctor then most definitely yes. If you are trying them out on your own, there are certain conditions or pain areas that can benefit from orthotics such as arch foot pain or heel pain. If you are not experiencing this type of foot pain, then a traditional insole would be better suited for your feet. However, do remember that you should give you feet ample time to adjust to the new support system before making any final rulings as to whether or not the insoles are working for you.