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

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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Clark Pillsbury
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Dr. Robert Conenello
Sports Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Definitely

A poorly designed device can lead to pathologic motion which in turn can lead to injury.

In brief: Definitely

A poorly designed device can lead to pathologic motion which in turn can lead to injury.
Dr. Robert Conenello
Dr. Robert Conenello
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Dr. Robert Mihalich
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle

In brief: Can be

Orhotics are typically for comfort.
If they don't feel better than not having them in, don't wear them.

In brief: Can be

Orhotics are typically for comfort.
If they don't feel better than not having them in, don't wear them.
Dr. Robert Mihalich
Dr. Robert Mihalich
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