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Using orthotics for foot related issues

Whether you are struggling with back, leg, foot or heel pain, one of the many causes could be the shoes you are wearing. It is essential to wear the right shoes as the weight of your entire body rests on your feet. When your feet are not comfortable and at ease due to ill fitting shoes, your life can be miserable.

If you have heard of custom made foot orthotics, your problem cab be easily solved. Whether you have a flat foot, pain due to diabetes or other ailments, these little shoe inserts can be one of the many solutions out there. Even athletes opt for custom foot orthotics, these help them get relief from pain as well as offer comfort.

What do you know about orthotics?

Orthotics are devices that can be inserted into most shoes. They help in providing alignment and support to the foot, improve foot function and accommodate and corredct foot abnormalities. If used with the proper footwear they are highly effective in treating various types of foot and lower leg issues.

The reason behind the need for orthotics?

Chiropodists and Podiatrists have been advising and prescribing orthotics for many years. The primary reason behind its application is that it balances and stabilizes the feet and lower limbs. When there is a solid support foundation for your feet, you can be comfortable while walking or even running. All your foot associated pain, posture issues, muscle tiredness can recover faster.

Orthotics can help you primary with:

  • Foot pain
  • Heel Pain
  • Achilles pain
  • Knee pain
  • Shin aches
  • Lower back pain
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Callus or corns

If you are facing problems in any of the above mentioned areas, please contact your local, experienced and certified chiropodist and find out whether you need orthotics or not.

Who can benefit?

People suffering from an ongoing foot pain

If you have continuous foot pain, it can be very difficult to lead a normal daily life. If you are not able to stand and walk properly and feel you need support. In such situations, custom made orthotics can be really helpful.

A diabetic patient

Diabetes can trigger nerve damage in the feet, and it is often the first place neuropathy manifests itself. As such diabetic patients lose  sensation and therefore fail to feel cold or hot conditions, as well as pain and stress in their feel that may cause callus and corns that can lead to pressure ulcers if left untreated. There are many individuals suffering from diabetes who use orthotics in order to reduce or eliminate foot problems.

A patient of arthritis

Arthritis is a very painful condition that can damage the joints of certain parts of your body. Painful conditions in your legs, knee and feet can occur. Orthotics have been found to be beneficial.

Back and knee pain sufferers

If you have a persisting pain in your knees, hips and lower back region and didn’t receive any comfort with the conventional treatment, there could be some issue with your foot biomechanics. Orthotics can be an excellent medium to give you relief from such symptoms.

Runners and athletes

Individuals, who are active in sports benefit from custom made foot orthotics,  increasing their strength, endurance and the ability to perform better. Orthotics provide support and alignment to the muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments of your leg to work efficiently and also prevent injuries and pain.

How do orthotics work?

In order to understand the function of orthotics, it is essential to understand the walking mechanism. With every step you give, your heel’s vertical axis must land inverted slightly to the ground with a position of a few degrees towards the heel’s outside. It is from where when your foot will start to flatten and come off the ground at the toes.

Henceforth, when you step, the weight actually swifts from outside of your foot to the inside of your foot and then again back to the lateral. The problem lies when these motions are too pronounced in the case of planatar fasciitis or not happening as much in the case of a pes cavus. When you seek the support of a corrective orthotic, it can impede your arch from dropping too much or it will aide your feet to absorbe the shock and eliminate stress and pain.

Types of orthotics

When you consult a chiropodist, he/she will prescribe you with either of the two categories.

Functional orthotics

It is basically designed for those with abnormal foot functioning. Such devices are made of plastic polymer materials, which is effective in preventing the flattening of the arch. While you walk or run, functional orthotics are also able to absorb the shock from the ground and reduce stress and rule out possibilities of any injury.

Accommodative orthotics

If you suffer from minor foot issues and foot pain, accommodative orthotics are best considered. This foot device is often prescribed to older adults that require a device to accommodate previous malformities like bunions, hammer toes, etc.

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