If you’re experiencing pain in your feet, knees, legs, and/or back as a result of wearing shoes with little to no support, custom foot orthotics may be right for you!
Custom foot orthotics are designed to align the foot and ankle into the most anatomically efficient position. They look similar to insoles but are biomedical appliances that are custom-made to correct your specific foot imbalance. The plastic body of the custom orthotic helps to re-align the foot while you walk. We understand that everyone is different, which is why custom foot orthotics are made just for you.
Your ankles, knees, and back depending on your feet to maintain their proper alignment and healthy range of motion. Issues with the foot can create pain and decrease mobility in your joints, muscles, and tendons as your stride or stance changes to compensate for foot pain.
This stresses the soft tissue and bony structures in your back and lower extremities. By taking your feet to their proper alignment, custom orthotics can help prevent these issues – because they Improve athletic performance and overall health
Whether you’re a young athlete just getting started or a seasoned veteran trying to keep your title, foot abnormalities can affect your play. Keep in mind that it’s not only about running or walking. Pain in your feet can affect your golf stance, your ability to pitch from the mound, or your weekend cycling adventure. Custom orthotics can help overcome the pain that limits your performance.
Furthermore, if it’s health you’re playing for, running, walking, and workouts at the gym all get easier and, dare we say, more enjoyable when foot pain becomes a distant memory.
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An evaluation would be needed to determine if you need custom orthotics. However, since everything we do starts with the feet – it could be a source of kinetic chain dysfunction. So orthotics could provide immediate support and relief while Dr. T determines how to correct, rebuild, and repair the foot so orthotics may not be needed long term. Short term, however, they are an incredible tool that allows us to put the foot in the best position possible, thus helping the kinetic chain function properly.
This is another situation where custom orthotics should be examined as a possible cure. Often times, in situations where we stand for prolonged periods of time – our posture universally starts to deteriorate. This deterioration can lead to lower cross syndrome and a plethora of other lower body dysfunction as our ability to stand with strong posture begins with the feet. Orthotics can help delay this deterioration and allow us to mitigate long periods of standing by offering support where we need it most.
Absolutely not, orthotics are a tool that serve a purpose in our recovery system. Much like many other tools, they may not be needed forever and also shouldn’t be used as a panacea for all of our individual issues.