Orthoses (footwear insoles) or braces support or restrict joints and are often used after surgery to prevent strain and further injury. They can also be used to enhance sporting performance. Some orthoses are designed, manufactured and fitted to suit the patient, while others are standard sizes and designs. Padded and elasticated braces can also be used.
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Should I use my foot orthotics continuously?
Your feet and legs may have been functioning abnormally for many years and it may take a little time to correct this. Wearing an orthotic all day every day is not recommended at first. It is better to build up by around an hour each day to allow your body time to adapt.
How long do orthotics last?
On average they last around five years, although they can last much longer. Some orthotics are made from softer, foam materials and these tend to last for a shorter time, typically around 12 months.
Is it right for the orthotic to feel uncomfortable?
Your body will take a little time to adapt to the orthotic and there may be a degree of discomfort at first. However, the orthotic shouldn’t be consistently uncomfortable. Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing ongoing discomfort.
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