These powerful tools can alleviate back pain to a degree, straighten out hip and knee alignment and alleviate foot/ankle pain and dysfunction. By bringing the ground to the foot effectively, the ground reaction forces can become an ally to your life rather than an enemy. Orthotics need not cost you your arm and leg (as you will need at least the leg to make the orthotic effective). We have found a very durable and extremely effective solution for orthotics that cost less than half that of most other custom made orthotics.
Not all types of orthotics are good choices, even if they are custom made to your foot. Finding the right balance of flexibility and rigidity is crucial, posting the foot to meet the ground better is paramount to success and having a full length orthotic is imperative. We recommend a one on one evaluation with one of our doctors of physical therapy for a custom made orthotic rather than the generic over the counter orthotics for the aforementioned reasons. Once you have been helped to a far more mechanically sound future of less pain through custom made orthotics, you need to know how to use and care for them. Here is a guide that we hopes eases your experience with these wonderful tools. It is not uncommon to require break-in times for new adaptations. Your body will typically take 2-3 weeks to get used to your new orthotics. During this period of time we ask that you follow these simple rules to have the best transition:
- Start by wearing your orthotics 2-3x each day.
- On Day 1 wear your orthotics for 30 min during each time you wear them.
- Extend your wearing time each day by 15-30 min until you can comfortably wear your orthotics all day, every day during all activities.