Custom Orthotics Questions and Answers
Are you experiencing pain and discomfort in your feet? Custom orthotics may be the answer you’re looking for! Come to Integrative Medical Group of Texas today to start your journey to foot pain relief. For more information please call us or request an appointment online. We serve patients from Austin TX, Sunset Valley TX, Hays TX, Rollingwood TX, Bee Cave TX, Manchaca TX, West Lake Hills TX, Buda TX and South Austin, TX.
Our feet connect us to the ground, moving us around and taking us wherever we need to go. When our feet ache, it can often affect other areas of the body. Not only is foot pain noticeable, it’s also often unbearable, as we use our feet every day. Come to Integrative Medical Group of Texas to find relief with custom-made orthotics!
What are custom orthotics used for?
Custom-made specifically for you, orthotics are special shoe or heel inserts a doctor prescribes.
To treat foot, leg, or back problems, a doctor may prescribe orthotics. Read on to discover the conditions orthotics can treat and how effective they can be.
Usually having to do with pain and discomfort of the feet and legs, orthotics can be part of a comprehensive treatment plan to address various symptoms. Some of the objectives doctors may have for orthotic treatment include:
- correcting foot deformities
- helping the foot or ankle function better
- providing support to the ankle
- reducing the risks for further injuries
How long do custom orthotics last?
Most custom orthotics will last one to five years, although there is no strict timeline. Their appearance and how often they are used determines if they need replacement.
Pain – It may be time to replace your orthotics if you experience any type of pain, whether it is in the back, feet or ankles. While standing, jogging or even jumping in your orthotics, you should not experience pain. Also, you should not be experiencing pain from calluses or corns, which are signs your feet have been rubbing inside your shoe.
Age – Most orthotics will last one to five years. You usually only need a replacement every three to five years if your custom orthotics were made from hard plastic. However, they may need replacement every year if they are made from soft plastic or foam.
Use – If you use orthotics for sports and recreational activities, they will wear out faster than if you use them to get around or just for your day-to-day activities. For example, activities like jogging wear down your orthotics quicker than wearing them each day while at work.
Wear or Damage – If you take a look at your orthotics and you see any cracks, broken pieces or the soles have worn thin, it is time to replace them.
Shoes – Including alignment of your body, orthotics are meant to correct any deformities in your feet. Examining your shoes can tell you if there are any indications of uneven wear.
Changes – Significant lifestyle changes will often require new custom orthotics. For example, you may need new orthotics to accommodate the changes in your body if you have had knee surgery, become pregnant, etc.
Should I wear orthotics all the time?
It is not uncommon to require break-in times for new adaptations. Your body will typically take 2-3 weeks to get used to your new orthotics. During this period of time, we ask that you follow these simple rules to have the best transition:
- Start by wearing your orthotics 2-3x each day.
- On the first day, wear your orthotics for 30 minutes each time you wear them.
- Extend the time you wear them by 15-30 minutes until you can comfortably wear your orthotics all day, every day during all activities.
Take the orthotics off and allow your feet to rest for several hours before wearing them again if your feet become sore and/or tired while wearing your orthotics. After 3 weeks, if your feet continue to be sore and/or tired from wearing your orthotics, they may need to be adjusted. We can help too if you have gotten your orthotics from a different source.
If you or someone you know is experiencing foot pain, come to Integrative Medical Group of Texas today! We have experts who can help you relieve foot pain with custom-made orthotics! Contact our office today to get in touch with a specialist. To book an appointment, call us or visit us online!