Orthotics are recommended to treat certain conditions or cases of discomfort by offering comfort, support, or cushioning. However, there are situations when using orthotics results in increased discomfort rather than pain relief. This post discusses the reasons why this might occur as well as pain relief options.
Why Wearing Orthotics May Cause Pain
When you use orthotics, you should expect some level of discomfort (particularly when they are first fitted), but you shouldn't experience agony. Sometimes, though, this isn't the case. If you have pain after using orthotics, it is probably caused by one of the following:
The orthotic was not fitted or designed precisely.
The ideal solution is a bespoke orthotic. When you wear orthotics that don't fit properly, it's usually because you bought them from a store or because the orthotic wasn't produced using the required procedure. A foot-care specialist or a podiatrist is required to do a thorough biomechanical evaluation and take a foot impression before your orthotic can be created.
Not properly fitting in your orthotic
You must be careful not to use an orthotic for too long too soon after purchasing it. You may have pain if you use your orthotics for an extended period of time before your body gets used to them.
Using your orthotic with the wrong shoes might hurt and possibly exacerbate the original issue.
How Long Will It Take to Get Used to Custom Orthotics?
A personalized orthotic won't hurt if used properly. There is, however, a break-in period where your body must adapt to them. Depending on the person, this phase can last anywhere from two to four weeks.
You should intend to wear them frequently but not for too long during this time. Start with wearing the orthotics for only an hour a day, then gradually extend your time with them until you can wear them all day long without experiencing any discomfort.
How to Reduce Pain Related with Wearing Orthotics
To prevent pain, let your body get used to your new orthotics gradually. It normally takes 2-4 weeks, regardless on the kind of orthotics. You should observe the following rules during this time:
- Start by wearing them for up to an hour, then extend the time as they grow more comfortable.
- Give yourself some downtime in between using the orthotics to give your body a chance to recover and adjust.
- If your body hasn't adjusted after at least 3 weeks, think about changing the orthotics. Adjust the fit of your orthotics. You ought to become acclimated to your orthotics after three weeks.