The Joy of Working Out

At the age of 16, I started exercising regularly. This decision drastically changed my life for the better. I lost an enormous amount of weight and went down three dress sizes. Unfortunately, I had to undergo orthopedic surgery 8 years ago to remove torn cartilage from my left knee. After my surgery, I was afraid to work out due to the continual swelling in my knee. Thankfully, I made an appointment with my orthopedic doctor to talk about this issue. This medical professional prescribed a comfortable and protective knee brace for me to wear while exercising. On this blog, I hope you will discover how an orthopedic doctor can help you exercise again.

Common Problems With Orthotics And How To Address Them


Orthotics can be life-changing for patients who suffer from plantar fasciitis, bunions, or just general foot pain. However, people can sometimes run into some minor issues when wearing orthotics, especially during their first few weeks with these shoe inserts. These problems aren't that hard to address, and you can learn how to fix them below.

Problem: Your feet feel sore after wearing the orthotics.

Orthotics are meant to correct foot pain, so if you're developing new foot pain after a day of wearing them, of course you will be concerned. Chances are, you transitioned into wearing the orthotics too quickly. While they are designed to put your foot in a position that allows for pain relief and better posture overall, it can take the muscles and tendons in your feet a little time to adapt. Scale back to only wearing the orthotics for half a day. Then, after about a week, start wearing them all day again. If you still experience pain after this, have a podiatrist look at the orthotics to double check that they fit your feet properly and offer support in the right places.

Problem: The orthotics are curling or bunching inside your shoe.

Having your orthotic inserts slide forward and bunch in front of your toes is not fun. Neither is having them slide back and bunch behind your heel! If this is happening to you, it is likely because your orthotics are too large for your shoe. Instead of sitting comfortably inside the rim of the shoe, they are curling up against it. If you have over-the-counter orthotics, you can try trimming the edges with scissors to help them fit more comfortably inside the shoes. If you have custom orthotics, try taking them back to your podiatrist to have them adjust the fit.

Problem: Your feet get sweaty and hot with the orthotics in your shoes.

You don't want to just suffer through hot, sweaty feet. Even with orthotics, this can make you more prone to blisters and fungal infections. Try switching to thinner, more breathable socks. Sometimes with the orthotics inside your shoes, there's not enough room for thicker socks, so the socks get really compact and make your feet sweat more. Also, try putting a little baby powder inside your shoes before you put them on. It will absorb some of the moisture and keep the sweat under control.

Most orthotics problems are not that tough to solve as long as you know how to solve them. If you run into any other issues, speak with a podiatrist, such as those found at Bio  Tech Prosthetics and Orthotics today .


30 December 2020