6 doctors weighed in:
Are bad orthotics worse for your health than no orthotics at all?
6 doctors weighed in

2 doctors agree
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
Dr. Clark Pillsbury
Thank
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
Thank
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
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Marsha Davis
Board Certified,
24 years in practice
67M people helped
Continue
107,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors