Orthotic shoe inserts are designed to make standing and walking easier. They are often prescribed as part of a conservative plan for the treatment of foot disorders, and they may be used as a method of foot protection following foot surgery.
Need for soft orthotics
Soft orthotics are constructed of pliable and compressible materials like gel, foam, and cloth. They are designed to relieve foot pain and address minor foot problems.
You may benefit from soft orthotic use if you have:
- Chronic sores on your feet.
Soft orthotics are particularly effective if you have:
- Deformed feet.
If you are an athlete or exercise regularly, soft orthotics can help reduce tension from running, jumping, and stopping.
How soft orthotics work
Soft orthotics help:
- Absorb shock.
- Increase balance.
- Take pressure off uncomfortable spots on the feet.
They are made of soft, cushiony materials and are worn against the sole of the foot.
Certain types of soft orthotics are available over-the-counter; they can also be custom-made based on a plaster mold of the foot. They function by protecting the feet and reducing friction between the shoes and the feet (which is a particular concern for people with diabetes).
Advantage of soft orthotics
The advantage of soft orthotics is that they are pliable and can easily adjust to shifts in body weight. Because soft orthotics are made of cushiony material, they are particularly effective when used to protect deformed or arthritic feet, which may have lost the protective fatty layer that pads the underside of the foot.
Potential disadvantages of soft orthotics
The main downside to soft orthotics is that they do need to be replaced periodically. They are also bulkier than rigid orthotics and may require extra room in shoes or custom-made shoe wear. For more information on soft orthotics and how they can help you, speak with your doctor.