Can you grow out of needing orthotics?
If you have been wearing orthotics for a substantial amount of time, it may take 3-6 months to eliminate wearing them completely. This is because the body becomes reliant on them and muscles can weaken over time as they do not need to work to control abnormal foot mechanics.
Are orthotics good long term?
You may need to wear orthotics long-term if you have severe issues that prevent you from doing everyday activities, such as a flat foot. In this case, orthotics may prevent additional injury or more serious symptoms, but you may always need orthotics to correct the problem.
Can you become dependent on orthotics?
Orthotics work like eyeglasses; they only work while you are wearing them, and they do not weaken the muscles in your feet and legs. Orthotics are not a crutch or a brace, and your feet do not become dependent on them.