Have you ever wondered how custom foot orthotics work? They can be incredibly beneficial to those experiencing foot and ankle issues but also to those suffering from knee, hip, and low back pain. These inserts are personalized to the individual’s foot, you just can’t get that with off-the-shelf sneakers or over-the-counter inserts. This tailored solution has many benefits from reducing pain to improving foot function. Let’s explore what custom foot orthotics can do for you!
Custom foot orthotics for Foot Alignment Correction:
This is one of the primary functions of custom foot orthotics. When an individual has flat feet (overpronation), or high arches (excess supination), the natural biomechanical gait pattern of the feet is altered. By providing optimal support, specific issues to a person can be addressed. Improvements in foot position can help with weight distribution, reduce stress points isolated to certain areas, and aid in pain reduction in many cases.
prevent foot pain:
We tend to ignore our feet until they force us to pay attention. Foot pain can wreak havoc on your life and your ability to do the things you want to do. Simple tasks such as walking can become challenging with some conditions. If you are suffering from pain syndromes such as metatarsalgia (pain along the ball of your foot), plantar fasciitis (pain in the heel and/or arch of the foot which is often worse first thing in the morning), or arthritis, orthotics may be a great option for you. Get back to doing what you love to do with greater comfort!
Enhance Foot Function:
Do you remember the song “The thigh bone is connected to the hip bone”? Well, the foot bone(s) are connected to all the bones in a cause-and-effect sense. Improving foot function can help improve the function of other joints such as the knees, hips, and low back. The redistribution of force seen by supporting the feet helps to optimize biomechanics improving foot movements and gait patterns. This in turn can take the pressure off the muscles, joints, ligaments, and tension in the structures above. Patients report improvements in balance, walking efficiency, and running! Preventing imbalances can also help to reduce your chance of injury as well as reduce stress and strain on your muscles and joints.
Prevent overuse Injuries:
Repetitive strain can happen in the feet just like any other part of the body. The shock absorption and stability provided can play a role in preventing overuse injuries such as tendonitis, shin splints, and stress fractures. Injury prevention is key to maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle.
Custom foot orthotics to Match Your Lifestyle Needs:
One of the most important things about custom foot orthotics is that they are custom. Your chiropractor can look at your needs such as your specific concerns, pain syndromes, activity level, and shoe type to help choose the best orthotic. Someone who may want their orthotic for competitive running may need a different style of orthotic than someone who wants to use it primarily in a walking shoe.
For questions about orthotics, please talk to our healthcare team. They are here to help in your healing process and injury prevention. To schedule your custom foot orthotics consultation and examination, please speak with our Clinic Health Assistants (Glebe 613-237-9000, Byward 613-860-8600). With the ability to personalize your orthotics design to address your unique needs, our custom foot orthotics can have a substantial impact on your foot health and your quality of life!