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Is It Normal for My Insoles to Hurt at First

Some discomfort during the first few weeks of wearing new insoles is normal, but if you are experiencing pain, then there might be something wrong. Find out more.

Joel Taylor
By Joel Taylor
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Edited by Taj Schlebusch

Published July 31, 2021.

Adjusting to new insoles - either premade or custom-built - can be uncomfortable at first. They are changing the way that your foot operates, which takes some getting used to. However, they should never cause more pain than you were experiencing before, and if they are, then there might be something wrong.

How the Orthotic Break-in Period Should Feel

Breaking in insoles should be like breaking in shoes

When a podiatrist or physical therapist fits you for insoles or orthotics, they will usually warn you of experiencing discomfort during the 3 to 4 week break-in period. Although it may take longer than breaking in new shoes, it shouldn't be any more uncomfortable.

If the insoles or orthotics actually cause pain, then there is a problem that needs addressing. Either they were poorly made or poorly fitted, which means that they need to be re-examined. If this is the case, you should stop using them immediately as it could actually lead to further problems.

In Conclusion

Whether you are getting a pair of custom orthotics prescribed just for you or trying out a generic pair of over-the-counter insoles, experiencing more pain than you were before is a red flag and should be addressed immediately. However, it's important that you don't mistake discomfort for pain.