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Orthotic Inserts – A Strong Pain Relief Tool

Dr. Arnan Sisson, PT| July 15, 2022

You might have seen them in Walmart, heard of a friend using them, or read about them online, but exactly what are orthotic insoles, and are they worth getting?

To help you answer this question, we have pulled together all the common questions that our team get asked about orthotic insoles and provide you everything you need to know about orthotic insoles for shoes.

First of all, “what are orthotic inserts?”

During an initial assessment for any problem, our physical therapists will consider whether your feet are contributing to the issue. There are simple tests that they can do to identify this, and if it seems appropriate, our team may offer to tell you about orthotic insoles.

Orthotic insoles are inserts that fit inside your shoes and the most common purpose is to provide support to the foot and ankle and normalize the distribution of weight throughout your foot. This can significantly reduce tension, stiffness and discomfort in your body as well as prevent injuries.

The consequences of having your feet in the incorrect position can be muscular imbalances, and this leads to overuse of certain muscles – typically the muscles in and around the knee, hips and lower back, as these muscles have to take over the job of keeping your body aligned.

“Are orthotic insoles uncomfortable?”

Custom orthotic insoles that are properly fitted should not cause any pain, however they may feel a little strange at first – similar to wearing a new pair of shoes however it should go away relatively quickly.

The discomfort experienced by orthotic insoles is due to your foot being placed into a more natural or “neutral” position which is currently isn’t used to.

“When should I wear orthotics insoles?”

Initially, you should build up how often and how long you wear your orthotic insoles to help minimize any discomfort. Our team can give out advice in relation to when to increase your usage over the first few days, and weeks, depending on your condition and other factors.

Once you have got used to your orthotic insoles, you will typically see the greatest benefit from wearing them the majority of the day.

“How long does it take to get used to orthotics?”

This can vary depending on the person, depending on their condition, how consistently they wear them, and how often they spend time on their feet. However, for the vast majority of people, it should only take a few weeks to get used to them.

“Will I need to get new shoes?”

You should be able to wear your orthotics with any of your existing footwear, including but not limited to work shoes, comfort shoes, running shoes, heels, and walking/hiking boots.

“How long do orthotic insoles last?”

Orthotic insoles lifespan will depend on the quality of the material, and manufacturing process. At Sisson & Associates, we provide a one year money back guarantee for the orthotics that we offer to our patients, so in the extremely unlikely event that you don’t like them or they become damaged, you can get them returned.

“What are the benefits of orthotic insoles?”

A good set of insoles (yes, there are bad orthotic insoles which can actually make the pain worse), should provide natural, drug-free pain relief which we know is a massive benefit of orthotics.

Benefits of Orthotic Insoles – No Painkillers

We know that lots of people who are struggling with knee, hip or lower back pain in the Northern Neck and are frustrated that the standard advice from their MD is usually to rest and take pain killers, however this doesn’t really offer the long term solution that they want (plus there is the risks involved with regular use of painkillers).

This is one of the many reasons, orthotic insoles for your shoes are a great solution as they can provide significant pain relief without having to take painkillers.

Benefits of Orthotic Insoles – Easy To Use

You can put your orthotic insoles into your shoes and forget about them. They will do their job at supporting and aligning your foot, which will lead to a reduction in pain, stiffness and poor mobility.

“How do I tell the difference between good, and bad orthotics?”

It’s actually quite simple to tell the difference between good and bad orthotic insoles because to ensure that they will do the job, you will need to have an assessment beforehand.

At Sisson & Associates, we scan each foot to identify the exact specifications that your orthotic insoles need to be and send this information to a lab where your orthotics are custom made.

The scanning process is completed using an electronic device which takes various measurements and images. The scans shouldn’t cause any discomfort and are very quick.

By doing this, we ensure the fastest and most effective pain relief from your symptoms.

Compare this to buying orthotic insoles off the shelf from a shoe retailer or supermarket. There is virtually no chance of those orthotics being right for you because of the uniqueness of each person.

“How do I find out more about orthotic insoles?”


At Sisson & Associates we have our practice in Montross, and we would like to invite you to a free consultation to find out more about orthotics so you can decide for yourself whether they would be right for you.

Contact our team on (804) 493-3256 or arrange a free physical therapy consultation, where you can speak to a member of our team, and ask any questions that you have.

Other Free Resources:

We have free, downloadable reports for people with Back Pain, Knee Pain, or Neck And Shoulder Pain

Read Our Blog – Do I Need Shoe Inserts? – 4 Common Questions Answered

Read Our Blog – What You Need To Know About Foot Pain – Plus 3 Bonus Articles

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