Will my foot become lazy?
No! Not if the orthotics are designed and used correctly. If we were to think of an orthotic like a crutch, designed to stop all the bad movements and hold your foot in place, then this suggestion may be plausible. However if the orthotic is designed to work alongside your body, this has been shown to improve the natural mechanisms of your foot which has a flow on effect even when not wearing the orthotics and after the right period of time in some cases, even once you no longer use an orthotic.
Orthotics are not a life sentence! For some reason there is the belief that when you are prescribed an orthotic, you are being banished to a life of ugly shoes and uncomfortable feet with no end in sight. This is not the case. The exact reason why you need an orthotic and the severity of the concern will dictate how long you will need to wear the orthotics for. However as orthotics are part of what we do and not the whole story, wherever possible there will be a plan in place to remove the orthotic and allow your improved foot function to show off all on its own.
**To address the earlier point about ugly shoes, we promise that here at the lab we respect your sartorial concerns and will do all we can to ensure that collection of shoes you have is not made redundant by the implementation of orthotics!