What are prescription orthotics? Prescription orthotics are inserts for shoes made from casts of your feet taken by your foot care specialist. They have been custom made to fit your feet for length, width and contours for your individual feet. They are made mostly by hand and require many steps to manufacture.
How do they work? Orthotics correct movement and stop stress by controlling the foot position. Your weight is more equally distributed throughout your feet, reducing stress on soft tissue and joints. Relieving the stress on the bones and soft tissue can dramatically eliminate foot pain.
What is the adjustment period? As you wear your orthotics over the next few weeks, your body will gradually change and become accustomed to the proper alignment that your orthotics have provided. This period varies from person to person and usually takes between 2-6 weeks. During this period of change you may experience some discomfort in your ankles, knees, hips or back. This is temporary and should disappear as your body is realigned by the orthotics.
How long will you wear them? Orthotics do not cure your misalignments but correct them, similar to eyeglasses. If they aren’t worn then the problems may recur. It’s most important to wear them the majority of the time you’re on your feet.
How to care for your custom orthotics