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Orthotic Insoles – A Powerful Pain Relief Tool

You might have seen them in the supermarket, heard of a friend using them, or read about them online, but exactly what are orthotic insoles, and are they worth getting?

To help you answer this question, we have pulled together all the common questions that our team get asked about orthotic insoles and provide you everything you need to know about orthotic insoles for shoes.

First of all, “what are orthotic insoles?”

During an initial assessment for any problem, our physiotherapists will consider whether your feet are contributing to the issue. There are simple tests that they can do to identify this, and if it seems appropriate, our team may offer to tell you about orthotic insoles.

Orthotic insoles are insert that fit inside your footwear and the most common purpose is to provide support to the foot and ankle and normalise the distribution of weight throughout your foot. This can significantly reduce tension, stiffness and discomfort in your body as well as prevent injuries.

The consequences of having your feet in the incorrect position can be muscular imbalances, and this leads to overuse of certain muscles – typically the muscles in and around the knee, hips and lower back, as these muscles have to take over the job of keeping your body aligned.

“Are orthotic insoles uncomfortable?”

Custom orthotic insoles that are properly fitted should not cause any pain, however they may feel a little strange at first – similar to wearing a new pair of shoes however it should go away relatively quickly.

The discomfort experienced by orthotic insoles is due to your foot being placed into a more natural or “neutral” position which is currently isn’t used to.

“When should I wear orthotics insoles?”

Initially, you should build up how often and how long you wear your orthotic insoles to help minimise any discomfort. Our team can provide bespoke advice to you in relation to when to increase your usage over the first few days, and weeks, depending on your condition and other factors.

Once you have got used to your orthotic insoles, you will typically see the greatest benefit from wearing them the majority of the day.

“How long does it take to get used to orthotics?”

This can vary depending on the person depending on their condition, how consistently they wear them, and how often they spend on their feet. However, for the vast majority of people, it should only take a few weeks to get used to them.

“Will I need to get new shoes?”

You should be able to wear your orthotics with any of your existing footwear, including by not limited to work shoes, comfort shoes, running trainers, ladies fashion such as heels, and walking/hiking boots.

“How long do orthotic insoles last?”

Orthotic insoles lifespan will depend on the quality of the material, and manufacturing process. At T4 Physio, we provide a 5 year warranty for the orthotics that we offer to our patients.

“What are the benefits of orthotic insoles?”

A good set of insoles (yes, there are bad orthotic insoles which can actually make the pain worse), should provide natural, drug-free pain relief which we know is a massive benefit of orthotics.

Benefits of Orthotic Insoles – No Painkillers

We know that lots of people who are struggling with knee, hip or lower back pain are frustrated that the standard advice from their GP is usually to rest and take pain killers, however this doesn’t really offer the long term solution that they want (plus there is the risks involved with regular use of painkillers).

This is one of the many reason, orthotic insoles for your shoes are a great solution as they can provide significant pain relief without having to take painkillers.

Benefits of Orthotic Insoles – Easy To Use

You can put your orthotic insoles into your shoes and forget about them. They will do their job at supporting and aligning your foot, which will lead to a reduction in pain, stiffness and poor mobility.

“How do I tell the difference between good, and bad orthotics?”

It’s actually quite simple to tell the difference between good and bad orthotic insoles because to ensure that they will do the job, you will need to have an assessment beforehand.

At T4 Physio, we scan each foot to identify the exact specifications that your orthotic insoles need to be and send this information to a lab where your foot prescription is made and we then print your custom made orthotics at our Bolton Clinic.

The scanning process is completed using an electronic device (similar to an iPad) which takes various measurements and images. The scans shouldn’t cause any discomfort and is very quick.

By doing this, we ensure the fastest and most effective pain relief from your symptoms.

Compare this to buying orthotic insoles off the shelf from a shoe retailer or supermarket. There is virtually no chance of those orthotics being right for you because of the uniqueness of each person.


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