Most people from a wide range of ages can benefit from custom manufactured orthotics. Some common symptoms suggesting orthotics would be beneficial are: Overall foot pain, Arch or heel pain, knee and or back pain, bunions or hammer toe. Even hip and back pain may be signs of requiring orthotics.
If you have extended medical coverage and you are planning on using it to cover the cost or partial cost of orthotics most medical plans require that you obtain a prescription from your family doctor. This prescription will have to be sent to insurance provider with invoice for Orthotics and your gait analysis with proof of payment and receipt to qualify to receive your benefits.
Yes, as your feet and body are not accustomed to Orthotics you will be required to break them in over a period of time. The orthotics may feel uncomfortable initially as you adjust. We suggest that the following be done. Day 1 – 1 hour with new Orthotics, Day 2- 2 hours of usage, Day 3- 3 hours of usage and so on. If you find your still uncomfortable slow the process down by adding additional day before extending the time wearing orthotics. We suggest breaking the orthotics over a 2 week period before wearing them for athletic activities.
Wearing your orthotics all the time will benefit you the most. If your daily routine requires different levels of activity and footwear we suggest moving the orthotics from shoe to shoe or getting additional orthotics to accommodate your lifestyle.
We recommend cleaning with dish cloth and warm water when required. A mild dish soap can be used then rinsed with warm water.
Orthotics will re-align your lower kinetic chain allowing your muscles to perform at their optimal level and help prevent injury and reduce long term wear and tare on your knees, hips and back.