Many urban tales and misconceptions surround orthotics, footwear, and foot care. Urban tales and disinformation may have hurt orthotics' reputation. Some of these myths have been debunked, while others never existed. Our podiatrists and physiotherapists refute these myths regularly. This section addresses common misconceptions.
5 myths about insoles are as follows:
MYTH 1} INSOLES WEAKEN YOUR FEET:
Patients ask orthotists whether orthotics weaken feet. We utilise lenses as an example with patients. Orthotics don't injure foot or leg muscles as glasses can. You don't get dependent on them, so they're neither a crutch nor a brace. Custom foot orthotics boost function and/or reduce excessive motion that may stress the foot's tissues. Custom Insoles/Orthotics may avoid plantar fasciitis and bunions. Insoles may heal strained or damaged foot ligaments from inappropriate foot action. The plantar fascia has a higher chance of healing when the arch is kept in its normal position by insoles.
MYTH 2} INSOLES CAUSE FOOT PAIN:
When you initially start using insoles, it's normal to experience some pain; but, following the break-in period, your feet will adapt entirely. This phase might run from one week to three weeks, with some people able to wear their insoles for longer in less time. On the other hand, it is advisable to start with a wear period of no more than two hours on the first day and progressively increase it each day after that. As your foot posture adapts, you should avoid vigorous activity during this time. Insoles are often prescribed for persons with foot posture difficulties to relieve arch, heel, or toe discomfort.
MYTH 3} INSOLES ARE NOT NECESSARY:
For those with flat or high arches, adequate support is needed for their feet. This is particularly true for those with high arches who need tailored insoles for therapy. When paired with orthotic insoles, stretching and strengthening exercises may have a substantial impact on relieving pain and discomfort. Most of the day you will be on your feet, putting stress on your feet that may be harmful to their health. This is why it is so important to wear supportive footwear.
MYTH 4} INSOLES ARE ONLY FOR 'OLD PEOPLE':
There's a common misconception that insoles are only for "old people" or people who have to wear "ugly" orthopaedic shoes. Foot problems are common, and they can affect people of any age. Some of the painful conditions include bunions, painful arches, and painful heels. Conditions that cause pain, such as arthritis or diabetes, can affect people of any age or gender. Insoles may be helpful for patients suffering from such conditions.
MYTH 5} CUSTOM MADE INSOLES ARE MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE:
Foot insoles that are available over-the-counter and are mass-produced are typically more affordable than insoles that are made to order (at first glance). However, the lifespan of foot insoles that can be purchased over-the-counter is typically much shorter. As a result, insoles that are less expensive initially might wind up costing more in the long run. If you don't have professional assistance, you run the risk of buying the wrong product or one that doesn't fit properly. It's possible that doing this will make your foot condition worse, rather than improve it.