What is Custom Foot Orthotics?
Foot Orthotics are custom-made supports (shoe inserts/insoles) for the foot that can be worn with any shoes – men’s or women’s, dress shoes or fitness shoes along with the more popular casual shoes. Orthotics are lightweight and thin; most wearers find that they do not even notice their orthotics as time goes on. Orthotic inserts and pads not only keep the feet fully functional but also ensure proper weight distribution. The orthotics provide support for the feet while decreasing strain on the back, hips, knees and ankles. Wearing the insoles results in better posture and corrects any imbalances leading from improper foot alignment effectively relieving considerable pain and discomfort.
What medical conditions can benefit from orthotics?
Custom Foot Orthotics/insoles can be greatly beneficial. People whose arches are either fallen or too high often experience trouble with their feet, improved by the structural support provided by orthotics. People who suffer from joint pains in the knees, hips and ankles will find a reduction in symptoms when using these insoles.
- Heel pain.
- Plantar fasciitis.
- Knee pain.
- Lower back pain.
Who can benefit from wearing orthotic insoles?
- Women wearing dress shoes or shoes with heels. They often suffer from pain under the ball of the foot (Metatarsalgia) and/or aching legs.
- Runners and athletes: because athletes put so much strain on their muscles and bones and ground reaction forces are much higher (up to 5 times the body weight) biomechanical injuries are very common. Orthotics can play an important in preventing sports injuries such as Achilles Tendonitis, shin splints and problems in the knee joint.
- Overweight or obese people.