Common Mistakes When Choosing an Orthotic

choosing an orthotic

What to Look for in an Orthotic

Choosing the right insole can relieve the pain in the arch, ball or heel of your foot. In some cases, an insole may also relieve back pain. You can even purchase insoles that specialize in helping with diabetes or arthritis. It is possible to get rid of the foot pain. But when shopping for an orthotic, there are some common pitfalls you’ll want to avoid. Read on to find out more.

You will want to consider your shoes as well as the problem you are looking to fix. Look for an orthotic that will provide comfort as well as support, and if it has been tailored to your specific foot condition, all the better. If you are experiencing Achilles tendon pain, you may want greater heal cushion, but if you have bunions, you will want to choose a shoe that offers a wider toe box and a little extra space to accommodate an insole. Individuals who have diabetes will want to choose an orthotic specializing in that treatment, but they will also want to pick a shoe with an adjustable closure and a closed heel and toe. For example, if you choose an orthotic for an open shoe, such as mules or sandals, you’ll be left vulnerable to cuts and scrapes. Second, you have to understand that everyone will have different feet. What one person recommends may not work for you. Before you purchase from a retailer, make sure that they understand your specific needs.

Shopping Based on Price

A common mistake that many people will make when looking at an orthotic is price. You have to look at orthotics that were designed to provide the optimum comfort and support for your specific foot condition. While price does become an essential factor, there are other factors that you must look at if you will succeed in finding the right insole:

● Fit
● Features
● Symptoms It Will Alleviate
● Size

When you are shopping for orthotics, it is a good idea to have your shoe size checked. Your feet can change over time and buying an insole that doesn’t fit properly could cause more harm than good. Another common mistake that people make when buying orthotics is that they fail to consider the socks and shoes they normally wear. Trying new orthotics with your regular socks and shoes is one of the best methods of finding a good fit for your insoles.

Insurance: Can It Pay for Orthotics?

Let’s say you are looking for insoles for high arches because of back pain. Depending on your healthcare insurance policy, sometimes you will receive full coverage for an orthotic, and in some cases, insurance companies will pay for your shoes. It beats paying out of pocket. What is an example of where insurance companies or Medicare will reimburse you? One example would be when you go to buy diabetic shoes or a custom orthotic for that condition. Don’t forget to check the terms of your policy before you agree to pay out of pocket for new orthotics.

Orthotic Insoles

Orthotic insoles shouldn’t be used only when you have pain or discomfort, they should become part of your holistic health plan. Orthotic insoles will improve your health and reduce the aches and pains that come with foot problems. A healthy body will result in a happier mind. Because orthotic insoles have been podiatrist designed, they will do more than help with foot problems. In addition to helping with foot problems, orthotic insoles were designed to assist with:

● Lower Back Pain
● Knee Pain
● Leg Pain

These examples show inserts will have a greater impact than on the feet alone. There are multiple things that they will affect, and there is a trickle down effect on each of these areas. With orthotic soles, you will achieve a healthier body, which will result in a happier mind.

Proper Foot Care

While it does not prove difficult to take care of your feet, most people overlook it. If you want foot comfort and overall health, you will have to look at overall proper foot care. Taking care of your feet should become an additional part of your grooming routine because it will affect more than you think. In addition, it can be integrated into your routine quite easily. However, you should consult with a doctor before you begin a new health regimen. Here are some basic foot care things that will help you:

● Moisturize Your Feet
● Dry Your Feet
● Do Not Soak Your Feet
● Trim Toenails

These are all steps that will help to prevent further issues. For example, moisturizing your feet will prevent excessive dry skin and deep cracks, but you should never apply the lotion between your toes because this will raise the risk of fungal infections. Also, you will want to regularly trim your toenails straight across as opposed to round trimming them because this prevents ingrown toenails, and it will ensure that your nails are not jagged.

Examining Your Feet

Before you search for an orthotic to alleviate your pain or discomfort, you want make sure you don’t have another health issue that needs to be addressed in a different way. Periodically, you’ll want to check your feet for numbness because of diabetes or nerve damage. If you struggle with this, it can be helpful to visit your podiatrist four to six times every year. What if you cannot see parts of your feet? You can either ask someone to help, or you can use a mirror to look at the hard to see areas.

What Do You Look For?

First, look for cuts and scratches. You can use soap and water or cover it with an antibiotic cream. When you notice discharge or redness, you may want to consult with your doctor. If you are experiencing blisters, check your shoes for proper fit and change them to prevent blistering. Some research show inserts can also help to prevent blistering. However, if you have a blister, do not break it open because this can increase the risk of an infection. To address the problem, cover it with a bandage and antibacterial cream. If you have a yellow or discolored toenail, you should ask your doctor about long­term medication. A discolored toenail could indicate that you have a fungal toenail. Plantar warts are another reason to consult a foot doctor. They will oftentimes cause pain, and they will look similar to a callus.

Protect Your Feet

If you are going to go to the time and trouble of find the right orthotic, you’ll also want to maintain the long­-term health of your feet. There are a few things that you should consider doing on a regular basis:

● Wear Proper Fitting Shoes
● Wear Wool or Cotton Socks
● Avoid Going Barefoot
● Break in New Footwear over Time

This is especially true if you have Plantar Fasciitis. You’ll want to choose insoles for high arches that will provide you with superior support to reduce foot pain. If you choose a thin orthotic, it will often have little effect on foot pain. Choosing a semi­rigid orthotic will offer larger benefits in preventing it. When looking at an orthotic, it should be foam ­covered and offer self­ supporting plastic orthotics. While custom orthotics can help, keep in mind there is no current evidence to support the notion that they will prove more effective than a prefabricated orthotic. A foot orthotic may help to reduce plantar fasciitis, but you still have to take good care of your feet. If you blend foot orthotics with a stretching program, a prefabricated shoe insert can produce the same level of improvement. Keep these items in mind when you are looking for and using your new orthotics and you’ll be on your way to better health!