Are Orthotics A Crutch? The Truth Revealed

Many people are concerned that using orthotics becomes a crutch for your body. The answer for that question is yes and no.
First of all the No. Orthotics assist feet into a more correct position which allows the feet to function well, allowing the muscles to function, strengthen and develop naturally and easily. It feels like nothing is happening because everything is happening exactly the way you were intended to move. When you remove the orthotics, the position of the feet return to their less functional alignment and the muscles, now strong from wearing the orthotics, are at an awkward angle, disadvantaged and soon tire and so symptoms return.
Now the Yes. Orthotics are like a crutch but it is not as if they are carrying the weight of functioning, they are enabling good function.
People wear spectacles, hearing aids and pacemakers. These items are taken for granted as a necessity to enable better function of the eyes, ears and heart. Those who know through results, accept foot orthotics as beneficial and an enhancement, not a crutch.

How To Change Your Body Posture With Orthotics

You wouldn’t tolerate a rocking coffee table in a restaurant for more than 5 minutes without placing a folded napkin under the offending table leg – so why would you let your feet act the same way without taking action?
If specifically engineered orthotics are used from an early age and all through your life, who knows what you are preventing. If you start wearing specific orthotics at a later age when you already have deformities in your joint shapes, then over time with the new forces, the shape could reverse, as per Wolff’s Law.
Wolff’s Law, Davis’s Law – Laws of Remodelling
Julius Wolff was a German anatomist and surgeon (1836-1902), who stated that bone in a healthy person will adapt to the loads it is placed under. A bone will remodel itself over time if the load is increased and the converse is true as well, that when the load decreases, there is no stimulus for continued remodelling.
The same concept is stated by Davis’s Law in relation to soft tissue, such as muscle bulk remolds itself according to imposed demands. I regularly see changes in calf muscles and leg images related to muscle bulk and check for these shape changes as you wear your orthoses over the years.
I have a saying if there is no change, there is no change. The change and difference comes in the first few weeks of wearing new orthotics, then your muscle rebalances and strengthen the shape towards their original design over the next few months. This is the importance of reviews as it gives a checkpoint review to assess if there is a need to boost your body posture and shape.
If used all through your life from an early age, who knows what you are preventing.
I tend not to dwell on what is out of shape because the whole picture changes when you change the forces with orthotic controls.