How To Tell If Orthotics "Fit"

Orthotics can be really helpful for people who struggle with sore feet, and for those who struggle with specific foot problems like bunions, plantar fasciitis, or heel spurs. While you can have custom orthotics made at an orthopedist's office, many people do just fine with over-the-counter orthotics from a shoe store or pharmacy. But there is one caveat: the orthotics have to fit. Here are some things to check to ensure the orthotics you've chosen fit and are properly benefitting you.

Are they made for your foot type or set of problems?

Before you even try the orthotics on, take a look at the label. You want to make sure you chose orthotics that are designed for the purposes you need them for. For instance, if you are mostly worried about sore feet, you want orthotics that are "neutral," not ones that are specifically made for plantar fasciitis or bunions. On the other hand, if hammertoe is your main concern, orthotics marketed specifically for people with hammertoe are a good choice. Also, pay attention to foot type. If you have flat feet, orthotics advertised for flat feet are likely ideal. If you have high arches, those made for high arches are a good bet.

Do they rub anywhere?

Once you have the orthotics in your shoes, take a walk around. Pay attention to whether the orthotics rub anywhere. If they do rub, you will soon develop blisters in those areas. Most orthotics can be trimmed, so you can likely take a pair of scissors and trim a little off the edge in areas where the orthotics are rubbing your foot. But if this does not work, then those orthotics may simply not be the best choice for your foot shape and shoe type.

Do they make contact with the whole of your foot?

If the orthotics fit you well, then your foot should be touching them throughout its length. You should not have any raised areas where your arch is separated from and resting above the orthotic insert. You don't want to feel like there are pressure points where your foot is making too much contact with your orthotic, either. If you have pressure points are lifted areas, you should try different orthotics.

With the tips above, you can do a better job of making sure your orthotics fit. If you're struggling to find a good fit, don't hesitate to reach out to a pro.