Orthotic inserts can be great for preventing foot pain. They can also help you heal from problems like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis. But sometimes, people are surprised when wearing orthotics does not go as smoothly as they'd imagine. The good news is that the most common problems with orthotics are easy to solve. Here are some solutions to a few common orthotic problems.
Problem: Orthotics cost too much.
If your doctor prescribes orthotics, but you go to pick them up and find they're too expensive, there are a few things you can do. First, see if your insurance company will cover the orthotics if your doctor sends in a letter attesting to your medical need for them. Sometimes, this is all it takes to get orthotics covered. If this does not work, ask your doctor if there are some over-the-counter orthotics that would be sufficient. You can often get over-the-counter orthotics for a small fraction of the price of prescription ones.
Problem: Your feet hurt after wearing orthotics.
It's not unusual for new orthotics wearers to notice foot pain in a new place after beginning to wear their orthotics. If this happens to you, then you need to back up a step and start wearing the orthotics for just a few hours a day. This gives the structures in your feet time to adapt and should prevent you from developing pain.
Problem: Orthotics don't fit in your shoes.
You get home excited to wear your fancy new orthotics, only to find that they don't fit in your shoes! This is really common. Many people find that they need to buy their shoes a half size up in order to make space for the orthotics. If you have a pair of shoes you like, just look for the same ones a half size larger. Chances are, you'll get a perfect fit.
Problem: Orthotics are rubbing and causing blisters.
If you are developing blisters after wearing your orthotics, then there are a few things to try. Your shoes may actually be too big, allowing your foot to move around too much in spite of your orthotics. Size down a half size, and see how that works. You may also need to change socks. Switching to slightly thicker socks can give you more protection from blisters.
Orthotics can be really helpful, but sometimes there are a couple of issues to work through at first. Don't give up. Work through them, and you'll be better off.