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.
Feet are like. A house. Each has a foundation and if the foundation is off to a house, doors stick, craks in walls etc. Feet are foundation for your body and orthotics are one of the best ways to realign the body.
May or may not work. Shoe inserts or orthotics may be helpful as a short-term solution, preventing injuries in some athletes. But it is not clear how to make inserts that work. The idea that they are supposed to correct mechanical-alignment problems does not hold up.
Orthotics. They are a good idea. Those that think they are not are usually not well informed about them or would just rather cure with steel . See your podiatrist with confidence.

Related Questions

If you wear orthotics for flat acquired flat feet[fallen arches] is this smart, or a bad idea?

Smart. It only helps to retore some joint alignment, which rarely hurts anyone (as long as they are correctly fitted and designed for your condition). Read more...
If prescribed smart. If prescribed by your foot specialist after care full evaluation of the cause it is smart, if you are using on your own with out knowing the cause of this acquired flat feet then it is not a good idea. Read more...
Custom made. Otc inserts may help but not structurally sound and not durable. It is important to take weight bearing x-ray s to assess deformity. Custom form fitted orthotics will offer the most support for 2 years before need for new ones. Read more...

Prescribed orthotics not helping. Still bad pain in right foot only when running. Do running shoes for flat feet need adjustment period as well?

Anything new. Typically needs some break in particularly. When it is different than what you were using before. Read more...
orthotics. Orthotics need a break-in period as they change angular relationships. See your prescribing podiatrist for help as your question does not state how long you have had them, how long you were/are in pain , etc. God luck. Read more...
Sometimes. Orthotics need adjustment so see your podiatrist for correct fit. Read more...

Is there any literature on the long term benefits of wearing orthotics for flat feet?

Some benefit. They can offer short term symptomatic relief, but make no difference long term in outcomes. Read more...
Orthotics help. Flat feet cause a muscular imbalance that cause some muscles to work harder than they are designed to. An orthotic provides mechanical control to provide efficiency and stability to the foot, allowing overused muscles to relax. Custom orthotics are best in achieving this and can be evaluated for by any podiatrist. Read more...
Orthotics. Orthotics truly offer long term relief and can prevent or at least lessen biomechanical deformities with daily use. See your podiatrist for help . Read more...

Daughter being sent for pt evaluation for orthotics for flat feet and over pronation but would a podiatrist or ortho be better? This is cause pain

Pick the best . They are both suitable fotr this concern. Seek out the one who has a reputation of treating children with good results. Read more...
Pediatric ortho. Given your age, i presume your daughter is a child. I would suggest that you see a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon. He or she can examine her and decide what treatment, if any, would help. Some leg and foot issues do not need treatment and should be observed. Others may need treatment. Orthotics can be expensive, so see the pediatric orthopaedist. Read more...
Not a pt. Podiatrist or foot and ankle ortho are the only people qualified to cast and dispense proper orthotics to control gait if your daughter hperpronates look into the hyprocure procedure. Read more...
Either is qualified. If you see an orthopedic surgeon, make sure they specialize in the foot and ankle. All podiatrists specialize in the foot and ankle (it's what we do!), and should be able to evaluate your daughter and prescribe orthotics if necessary. Read more...
Orthotics. See your podiatrist for orthotics. Podiatry is the best at biomechanics of the human foot and the best at orthotics . Period. You won't be sorry . Good luck. Read more...
May need orthotics. See a podiatrist for a recommendation on if orthotics could be right for you. If you want to try an over-the-coubter product first, try spenco total support insoles. http://www.spenco.com/products/footcare/total-support-insoles all podiatrists are trained in this type of service. If the situation continues and is becoming more painful, then you should get a surgical consultation. Read more...
Consult a podiatrist. Orthoces can be designed to address various structural and biomechanical issues. Read more...

Have mild-moderate Overpronation/flat feet & wear orthotics. OK to wear stabilizing athletic sneakers without orthotics? Same support?

Not as supportive. It is okay to wear athletic shoes without orthotics, but you will not get the same level of support for your arch. Custom orthotics conform to your arch and can help limit excessive pronation. The best combination for support is to wear custom orthotics with a stable athletic shoe. This becomes even more important if you participate in high-impact activities like running. Read more...

Child has flat feet and it looks like her ankles are rolling inwards and she does have pain. Dr sending her to pt for orthotics is this the right dr?

It is. Experienced physical therapists, podiatrists, and/or pediatric orthopedists can evaluate and prescribe custom foot orthoses for your daughter. Good luck! Read more...
No. A pt is not the right person for orthotics. See your podiatrist. There is more to orthotics than just stepping into some foam. What is the cause of the flat feet a d rolling in? Were x-rays taken? Was and equinus issues addressed? A podiatrist will check all of these. Read more...
Orthotics. I agree with dr batelli only podiatrists are the one's to see for orthotics. In my many years of practice I have yet to see a pt do rothotics correctly. That says it all . Plus your pt cannot take xrays , prescribe meds, etc. See the real specialist - your podiatrist. Read more...

Is there anything you can do for flat feet besides orthotics?

Yes. There are a variety of treatment options, but they are tailored depending on many factors such as age of the patient, duration and severity of problem, underlying cause etc, . To name a few. Read more...
Yes. If indicated based on physical exam, history, success or failure of previous treatments and etiology of the flat foot deformity, there are surgical options. Read more...
Yes. Most cases of congential flat feet are flexible and do not cause any problems, so no treatment is usually needed, including orthotics. For flat feet that cause pain or fatigue, orthotics and/or physical therapy may help. In extreme cases surgery may be necessary, but surgical treatment of congential flat foot is a controversial area and should not be undertaken lightly. Read more...

Have overpronation/flat feet & wear orthotics. Type of sneaker best to wear? Stability or neutral. I wear the orthotics w sneakers.

The orthotic is . More important than the sneaker type in my opinoin. If your orthotic is well made and controls the hyperpronation this is most important. Read more...

Is there anything left to try I've had 4 pairs of orthotics all been destroyed by flat feet over pronation and plantar faciitis what else can I do?

Please checkout. The website fixmyflatfeet.Com this is indeed a surgical procedure but minimally invasive. I have had excellent results with it and your foot type looks conducive for this procedure. Alternative procedures would be flatfoot reconstructions. Orthotics will never fix your feet. Read more...
Orthotics. Sounds like the material was inadequate for your weight or use. There is surgery for plantar fasciitis , but you still need orthotics so try those -again. Read more...