ORTHOTICS (shoe inserts) – should you get some, or ditch the ones you’re wearing?
This is often a controversial topic because some people LOVE their orthotics and swear by them.
I’m not going to tell you what to do. That’s not my style. Instead, I’m going to share a few client stories, and my opinion. I want you to make this decision for yourself.
Most people get shoe inserts in an attempt to alleviate some pain they’re having. Typically it’s plantar fasciitis, knee or hip pain that sends people to a podiatrist (or the over the counter pre-made orthotics section at your local pharmacy or shoe store).
Sometimes, inserting new orthotics into your shoes magically makes your pain (let’s say plantar fasciitis) disappear. It’s amazing! You’re sold!
Then…six months later, you develop hip pain you never had before.
This is a VERY common pattern I see in my private practice clients. They get orthotics for one reason, which the shoe inserts solve; but they develop an entirely new problem down the road.
That’s because orthotics are another tempting band-aid solution that doesn’t address the root cause.
When your body gives you a pain signal – such as plantar fasciitis – that’s usually because something is actually wrong and your body would like you to address and correct it.
You get shoe inserts which temporarily alleviates the foot pain, adds some cushioning which your feet seem to love…but the original problem is still there.
Watch the full video to learn why my stance is strongly against orthotics in most cases, and what you should be aware of if you’re considering ditching yours.
Unfortunately, removing shoe inserts can cause a reverse domino effect and a lot of people go through a painful re-learning curve. This is totally natural and part of the process, but I want you to be aware and take the necessary steps to help your body re-adjust.
After you watch the full video, share your comments and thoughts on all things orthotics below!
Then, consider sharing this with anyone you know struggling to figure out if they should or shouldn’t get orthotics, and especially if they’ve developed a NEW pain they didn’t have before. This often frustrates and baffles people who aren’t aware of what these shoe inserts do to change their gait and posture. Knowledge is power. Share the love 🙂