Can I stop wearing my orthotics in summer?

Orthotics, also known as foot orthoses, are devices that are worn inside shoes to help correct problems with the feet and lower limbs. We often prescribe orthotics to help alleviate pain and discomfort caused by conditions such as plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, and flat feet - but it can be tricky to wear them in summer.

If you have been prescribed orthotics, it is important to wear them as directed by your podiatrist in order to achieve the maximum benefit. However, this can be a challenge during the summer months when you may want to wear thongs, sandals or open-toed shoes.

One option to consider is to use a sandal with a removable insole, which will allow you to insert your orthotics. This will provide the support and correction that you need while still allowing you to enjoy the comfort of a sandal. Another option is to find arched thongs, like Archies, that can provide some arch support and help provide a temporary option on those hot days.

Another alternative option is to use a custom-made orthotic insole that is designed to fit inside a specific type of shoe. These can be made to fit inside a variety of different types of shoes, including sandals, slides and even high heels.

It is also important to remember that you can still enjoy outdoor activities such as swimming and beach-going in summer, and orthotics aren't needed in those cases.

It is important to consult with your podiatrist about the best options for you and your specific condition. They may be able to recommend a particular type of orthotic or shoe that will best meet your needs and help to alleviate your pain and discomfort.

In conclusion, if you have been prescribed orthotics, it is important to wear them as directed by your healthcare provider. However, there are options to still enjoy the summer while wearing orthotics. Consult with your podiatrist to find the best solution for you.