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Are bad orthotics worse for your health than no orthotics at all?

Are bad orthotics worse for your health than no orthotics at all?

Probably: Orthotics that are made with fairly hard material are very "controlling". If they tip your feet in the wrong direction, usually rolling inward, it can cause a lot of ankle, knee and foot pain. Soft, over the counter types of orthotics are of no help in my opinion. See a podiatrist for a good evaluation with some old shoes and your orthotics. ...Read more

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Dr. Libby Putnam
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Orthotics (Definition)

A orthotic is a small piece of medical equipment that braces a bone and/or joint, to keep it in a better position, either at rest, during activities, or both. Examples of orthotics are plastic ankle braces to aid recovery from an ankle sprain, arched insoles to support flat feet, ankle-foot braces to help kids with cerebral ...Read more


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I need to find a podiatrist to heat adjust my orthotics. My physician of 20 years suddenly became ill 2 weeks ago and closed his practice , and passed away this week. I have 2 pair of casted orthotics - they are labeled 3.0 sport system from pal health

Find another : Podiatrist who can examine you and the orthotics to assess the situation. The podiatrist may adjust them as needed if he has the equipment. He may choose to send the devices back to pal or another lab to have adjustments made. ...Read more

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Are good orthotics good for bad ankles?

Are good orthotics good for bad ankles?

Yes: Orthotics can help ankle problems. When a foot is moderatly to severly pronated it causes added stress to the ankle joints. By using a orthotic to stop the pronation it will help keep the ankle in better alignment. Orthotics also absorb shock . They can be benificial for helping relive ankle pain and problems. ...Read more

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Can having bad orthotics cause you back pain?

Yes: It is possible to worsen back pain with improper shoe wear or uneven walking. This can occur with poor orthotics or often with new orthotics. If the pain does not improve in 1-2 weeks see your physician. ...Read more

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I have a bad ankle and my therapist said that I am going to need orthotics. What are some type of them?

I have a bad ankle and my therapist said that I am going to need orthotics. What are some type of them?

There are different : Types made out of different materials etc. Usually, the doctor will evaluate your problem and take into consideration the shoes you wear so that the devices will fit. An appropriate rx can be made depending on the foot ailment. ...Read more

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My wife suffers from pubic sympisis ...Its so bad that she can no longer sit ...She is in bed almost all the time ...Could orthotic alignment help?

Osteitis Pubis: Pubic symphysis pain my results from asymmetric forces on the pubic symphysis. Leg length differences my be a cause. Therefore a heal lift my help. Sacroiliac belts can sometimes help as well. ...Read more

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Is orthotics for flat feet a bad idea?

Great Idea: Treating flat feet with orthotics prevents many future problems as well as letting your muscles function more efficiently. ...Read more

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The outside of my right foot has a burning and tingling sensation and it gets worse as the day goes on. I've tried all remedies, orthotics , acupunct?

The outside of my right foot has a burning and tingling sensation and it gets worse as the day goes on.  I've tried all remedies, orthotics , acupunct?

Let me try to help: This problem could related to a local nerve or to disc in the back. The key to find what is the problem and then address it. Good luck. ...Read more