Will wearing foot orthotics actually make my feet weaker?
There are many benefits to wearing foot orthotics, including reducing pain and fatigue, providing support and stability, reducing abnormal pressure that can lead to painful calluses or ulcers, and many more. To figure out all of these benefits, there have been many studies on the effects of wearing foot orthotics, but I have yet to see any evidence in studies I have reviewed and patients seen in the office of orthotics making feet weaker.
In my opinion, one of the most important benefits of wearing an orthotic is improving lower body function and achieve a more optimal alignment for distributing pressure, allowing your body to shift weight more efficiently and evenly while walking. If there is unbalance in any part of the body, then you compensate, so by providing proper support and creating even alignment you are actually creating strength throughout the foot and reducing areas of weakness.
Orthotics are a non-invasive treatment that have not only helped our patients, but ourselves, achieve great results! To see if orthotics can help you put your best foot forward, call our office today!