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Can orthotics cause sciatica?

Asked 3 years ago

Hey, I've got sciatica that comes and goes. Sometimes I'll be sitting, and suddenly I can't move, or my legs would go dead. I've been wondering if orthotic insoles would help, but then I've read that some say it may trigger sciatica. Which is the case?

Sylvester Henson

Friday, December 10, 2021

No, orthotics do not cause sciatica. Orthotics reduce pressure and correct biomechanics and gait abnormalities. This works from foot all the way up the back to reduce pressure on the nerve (sciatica).

Incorrect orthotics, on the other hand, can cause sciatica. Custom orthotics work in the same way that a pharmacy-prescribed prescription does. Prescribing the wrong medication — or in this case, the wrong orthotic — never results in a positive outcome. This is why the ideal person to assess the condition and prescribe the best personalized orthotic remedy is a qualified and trained medical practitioner.

Babafemi Adebajo

Babafemi Adebajo

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Ideally, orthotics should provide pain relief for different kinds of foot pain. However, in cases where the orthotics do not fit properly, it can distort the body mechanics and cause sciatica. To avoid this, it is best to opt for custom orthotics. A custom insole factors in the shape of your foot, foot pathology, and your complaints before manufacturing.

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