Custom foot orthotics are designed to meet unique structural and biomechanical needs, but they often require a break-in period. This means getting used to them gradually. The adjustment period varies for each person as your body has adapted to moving a certain way over the years. When you first wear them, custom orthotics might feel unusual, like standing on a hard ball with pressure on your arches. Some may feel great right away, like walking on clouds. However, it is crucial to break them in properly. Some tips to get used to orthotics include starting off slowly and wearing them for a few hours at first and then increasing wear time by one or two hours daily over a week. Other tips include reducing wear time if you experience discomfort, wearing them in shoes with the appropriate width and depth, and waiting until they are entirely broken in before engaging in physical activity. Adjustments can possibly be made if discomfort persists. If you are interested in learning more about whether you are a good candidate for orthotics and how to adjust to them, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss this option.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact one of our podiatrists from Biebel & DeCotiis Podiatry Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact one of our offices located in Holmdel and Middletown, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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