What Can Happen When You Use The Wrong Insoles

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Before:  Protruded Stomach

After:    Increased Stomach Protrusion using Incorrect Insoles

A forward head position is one of the characteristics of having an abnormal foot structure. When you use the wrong insoles, your head is forced further forward.

The further forward your neck is, the more the small muscles in your neck (occipital muscles) become stretched. 

This can produce symptoms such as neck pain, severe headaches, a constriction of the esophagus (which makes swallowing more difficult) and/or a persistent sensation that something is caught in your throat.

A forward head position can compress the blood flow from the trunk of your body to your head, resulting in cerebral hypoxia (reduced supply of oxygen to the brain).  The symptoms of cerebral hypoxia are; memory loss, brain fog, fainting, diminished vision or hearing and personality changes such as anger or depression for no apparent reason. Cerebral hypoxia can lead to central nervous system dysfunction.

The more forward your head is, the worse your symptoms will be.  Hence a good reason why you shouldn’t use the wrong insoles.

Stomach Protrusion

Why You Should Never Use The Wrong Insoles

Following is a summary of why you should never use the wrong insoles:  Headaches, memory loss, brain fog, fainting, diminished vision or hearing, personality changes, balance problems, functional leg length difference, stomach problems, incontinence, urinary frequency, kidney pain, sciatica, conception problems, abnormal or painful menstruation, balance problems, issues with your bite, issues with your jaw and greater muscle and joint pain. 

If you have a Rothbarts Foot – and especially if you have a PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity (the more severe abnormal foot structure) - it is crucial that you treat it correctly.  Part of doing so is using the right insole.

The ‘right’ insole is an insole that optimizes your posture, which in turn will permanently eliminate your chronic pain. It must be custom designed and fabricated, which can only be done after running specific analyses on your posture.  


To learn more about the consequences of using the wrong insoles, read the Important Message page.

Before:  Forward Head Position

After:    Increased Forward Head Position using Incorrect Insoles

A forward postural lean is one of the characteristics of having an abnormal foot structure, and is an indication that you have bad posture throughout your entire body.

When you use the wrong insoles, your forward postural lean will increase; which means that your posture has become worse.

When your posture becomes worse, this means that the misalignment in your joints has increased and your postural muscles (which were already overly contracted or stretched) have become even more contracted or stretched.  This causes greater pain, which can range from mild aching to severe and debilitating - to the point of greatly limiting or preventing your ability to walk, or even having to use a wheel chair.

Other issues can include; balance problems, issues with your bite, such as overbite, or problems with your jaw (i.e. clenching and tightness, grinding your teeth and/or pain in your temporal mandibular joints)

The more your body leans forward, the worse your posture has become. The poorer your posture, the greater your pain will be – another very good reason why you should never use the wrong insoles.

Most chronic muscle and joint pain is the result of having bad posture. Bad posture usually comes from having an inherited, abnormal foot structure – either the Rothbarts Foot or PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity. In order to effectively treat these foot structures, your doctor has to be fully trained.  ‘Fully trained’ includes knowing the correct insole prescription to give you. 

If you have a Rothbarts Foot or PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, only the correct insole will get rid of your pain.

What can happen when insole manufacturers make unrealistic claims, and give little-to-no education - or even gross misinformation - to healthcare providers who are dispensing insoles to their patients?  The answer is; you, the patient, end up using the wrong insoles and can suffer because of it.

The following illustrations show what can, and often does, happen when you use the wrong insoles:

Forward Head Position

Before:  Forward Postural Lean

After:    Increased Forward Postural Lean using Incorrect Insoles

A rotated (usually forward) pelvis is one of the characteristics of having an abnormal foot structure. This forward rotation results in weakened abdominal muscles and a protruding stomach.

When you use the wrong insoles, they can worsen the forward rotation of your pelvis and so your stomach muscles become even weaker.

A forwardly rotated pelvis frequently destabilizes the base of your spine, which can result in abnormal spinal curves (scoliosis and kyphosis). A forwardly rotated pelvis also creates low and mid back pain, functional leg length differences (which can compromise your ability to walk in a straight line), stomach symptoms mimicking Krohn’s Disease, bladder dysfunction (incontinence and/or urinary frequency) kidney pain and sciatica. If you are a woman, the forward rotation of your pelvis can also create conception problems, difficulty in getting pregnant and/or abnormal and painful menstruation.

The more forwardly rotated your pelvis is, the worse your symptoms will be.  Hence another reason why you should never use the wrong insoles.

Increased Forward Postural Lean