Get Rid of Your Orthotics

Get rid of your orthoticsI believe in anything that works and orthotics work. I know so many people who have gotten relief from pain due to orthotics after nothing else had worked for them so it is hard to argue against their efficacy. The question is, if you are a good candidate for orthotics how long should you wear them. I have met people who are using the same orthotics twelve years later.

For some strange reason many people think that they can’t change their feet. They think they are stuck with what they were born with. Many people fantasize about having a six-pack stomach and then do something about it. I don’t get the same vibe from people with flat feet. The feet tend to carry with them an unnecessary acceptance of their nature.

Excessive pronation is most often the reason for the prescription of orthotics.  Pronation is the inner roll of the foot when you take a step. This is often related to flat feet but I think bad posture and poor movement patterns are equally to blame.

If I was to run on one of those store treadmills that videotape your footfall my feet which have good arches would pronate excessively if I run incorrectly but fall and rise correctly if I ran with good technique.

The orthotic prevents the foot from pronating too much which is a fine thing. The foot is designed to both pronate and supinate (roll out) with each step. The foot is a spring arch that rises and drops with every step and even good orthotics which have some give to them don’t allow for enough play for arch of the foot to work correctly.

Getting rid feet of your orthotics is not a quick or easy project but it is a project worth undertaking. It means working to change your feet and calves. It also means correcting your movement patterns and posture. These are good projects to embrace and they would serve anyone well for years to come.

If you have unhappy feet it is most likely because of muscle weakness or tightness in the foot and lower leg. These muscles are easy to work on and develop you just need to know the right muscles and exercises.

If someone wants to move on from their orthotics it is a more than achievable goal. I have witnessed so many people transition away inhibition and embrace feet that work freely. No one will fix you but yourself. It involves some work but perseverance will further.


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  1. I have been wearing custom orthotics for about 20 years, practicing yoga for maybe 18 years and doing certain postural adjustments from having taken your walking course some 8 years ago. I would love to get rid of the orthotics. When I don’t use them for a few days. My feet hurt and my pinky toes get abused from slamming into the front of my shoes. This is the reason I got the orthotics in the first place. I don’t have flat feet. I seem to have relatively high arches and loose joints and a narrow heel with a normal width front foot. According to my orthotic guy, since we walk on hard flat surface and not soft dirt as we were designed to do, the arches have no support and in my case causes a spaying of the metatarsals. Therefore, my foot slides forward in the shoe because of my narrow heels that are not being held sufficiently back in the heel of the shoe. I actually don’t buy the “we should all be walking on soft dirt all the time (and since we don’t we need orthotic” argument. I think I should be able to strengthen my feet and correlating muscles and joints to get out of this pattern. Meanwhile in my personal body work up to now I haven’t figured it out. So I continue to wear the orthotics.

  2. I just started wearing a heel lift in just one shoe about 18 months ago after an orthopedist diagnosed me as having one leg shorter than the other. I know this is a common issue, but I had been having hip pain for months (it would bother me if I walked for any significant period of time), and since using the lift, I no longer have the hip issues. I’m not sure how I would even attempt to go about correcting for this on my own…

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