Should I Wear Orthotics Even If I Don't Have a Foot Problem?

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Should I Wear Orthotics Even If I Don't Have a Foot Problem?

 When you think of orthotics, you might associate them with treating an array of foot problems like plantar fasciitis or flat feet. But what if you don’t have any major foot issues and think orthotics might benefit you anyway?

Along with helping you escape chronic pain and improving your overall foot and ankle function, board-certified podiatrist Scott Shields, DPM, and our dedicated team at Total Foot and Ankle in Enid, Oklahoma, can help shed light on the potential benefits of wearing orthotics even if you don’t have a foot problem. We’ll cover all the basics for you in this blog post. 

What are orthotics?

Before you can determine if orthotics are right for you even without a foot problem, we’ll help you uncover what exactly they are. 

First and foremost, orthotics are specialized inserts or devices placed inside shoes to offer support, cushioning, and alignment to your feet and lower limbs. 

They come in two primary types: custom-made orthotics, tailored to your specific foot shape requirements, and over-the-counter orthotics, which are readily available without a prescription. Both types aim to address various foot concerns and enhance overall foot health and comfort. 

Benefits of wearing orthotics

Even if you don’t have a foot problem, wearing orthotics can offer several potential benefits for your overall foot health and comfort. Here’s what you need to know: 

Improved posture and alignment

Orthotics can help you maintain proper alignment of your feet, ankles, and lower limbs. This can promote better overall posture and alignment of your body. 

Enhanced shock absorption 

To reduce the impact on your feet from activities like walking, running, or standing for prolonged periods, orthotics provide additional cushioning and shock absorption.

Preventive measure

Wearing orthotics preventively can help reduce the risk of developing foot problems or injuries in the future, especially if you have certain risk factors like high arches, overpronation, or a history of foot pain. 

Increased comfort and support

If you’re looking to improve comfort and support, orthotics might just be the answer, especially if you spend long hours on your feet. 

Considerations before using orthotics 

Now that you know more about orthotics and their benefits, let’s uncover what you need to know to determine if they’re right for you: 

Proper fit and selection

It’s especially important to choose orthotics that are appropriate for your specific foot type, shoe style, and activity level. Consulting with Dr. Shields can help you ensure you select the right orthotics for your needs. 

Gradual transition

If you’re new to wearing orthotics, it’s important to allow your feet time to adjust gradually. We recommend that you start by wearing them for short periods and gradually increase the duration as your feet adapt to the changes. 

Regular assessment 

Periodic reassessment of your foot health and orthotic needs is essential to ensure continued effectiveness and address any changes or concerns that may arise over time. 

Although orthotics might not be necessary for everyone, they can offer some potential benefits for people without foot problems, such as improved posture, shock absorption, preventive care, and increased comfort and support. 

Ultimately, the decision to wear orthotics should be based on your individual needs. If you’re ready to learn more, contact us at Total Foot and Ankle to schedule your appointment with Dr. Shields today!