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Wearing Orthotics Side Effects
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
No!: A custom orthotic should not cause any pain! if your foot aches, it can often be addressed with a simple adjustment. ...Read more
I only used ankle brace for 10 minutes. When I took it off, I got pain in left arch and side of foot above arch. I am flatfooted and wear orthotics.
I'm not sure why : You tried the ankle brace at all..was there an ankle injury? I your posterior tibial tendon hurting? ...Read more
Ankle pain on both sides. Doc said injury caused by strain due to walking. Does wearing orthotics cause more long term problems or weaken muscles?
Support: An orthotic may properly support your arch which can be helpful if you are having pain. The orthotic may also improve the biomechanics of your lower extremity. ...Read more
Depends: First, we don't know whether you actually need orthotic devices or not, . In my experience, many people who are prescribed orthoses either don't need them, or are prescribed the wrong ones. Assuming you do need them, it is best to wean into them slowly, as it can take a while to get acclimated . If they continue to hurt you need to get them adjusted, or get a second opinion. ...Read more
They CAN be great!: Keep in mind that they are an over-the-counter product, but they can be very good for your feet. Their thinthotic can be heat molded to give more (or less) arch that it come in the package. Their newer line of polysorb total support has really surprised me in how beneficial it can be. They have a large number of products and I have found them to be all some patients need. Good replacement insoles! ...Read more
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
Can't really compare: They are both great specialties but focus on different aspects. The DPT is a Doctor of Physical Therapy who will focus on restoring function and maintaining independence and in some cases the Orhtotist/Prosthetist creates the functional and structural devices that may be necessary to help do that. ...Read more
I read that orthotics made from stepping on foam box aren't effective in correcting biomechanic problems. I just paid $400?
Does icing helps Planters Fibroma? was wearing unsupportive sneakers for a long time ( ugh) I finally bought good sneakers and orthotics.
No.: Fibromas if they are painful usually need surgical excision. Injections with cortisone can sometimes help. ...Read more
Definately yes: A custom orthotic made to fit your foot will redistribute pressure across the entire foot, can ease heel pain, arch pain, even knee and low back pain. You need to see a podiatrist to have a cast taken. Don't use a cast where you step into a foam box- not accurate enough, either plaster or computer scan. The computer is not better than plaster- only neater. ...Read more
There is no ONE: Best shoe for orthotic support. Its more about quality and features. A shoe needs to be appropriate fir the activity; needs to fit and feel comfortable with the orthotic inside. Get the best quality you can afford and quality tends to cost more. ...Read more
See below: Whether your referring to orthopedic made shoes or orthotic inserts that go into any shoe both are indicated in redistributing abnormal pressures and or movements in the ankles or feet to prevent further pain or progressive degeneration of joints tendons muscles bones and even nerves and help stabilize a person's gait. ...Read more
Custom orthotics: As with many things in life, there is good, better, best. This is true for orthotics too. Custom orthotics are by far the best. Make sure that your podiatrist uses plaster to cast your feet in the "subtalar joint neutral position" so you will receive orthotics that correct abnormal biomechanics. Over-the-counter arch supports are made for the "average" foot and the arch will be too low for you. ...Read more
Custom made foot supports are fabricated to models of your feet, and incorporate corrections for abnormalities in the foot structure and/or function.
See a podiatrist or orthotist for these devices. ...Read more
Specialized labs.: While a number of different types of medical professionals prescribe orthotics, and take foot impressions, most are probably made at independent labs and sent back to the prescribing professional for dispensing to the patient. I would guess that very few professionals personally make the orthotics on site. ...Read more