Who will benefit from custom made orthotics?
The foot has 26 bones connected by tendons, ligaments and muscles. Your standing position on each foot is the foundation for the alignment of your ankles, knees, hips, lower back all the way up to your head. Most people do not have perfect alignment of all the bones in their feet and this can cause injuries from callus, heel pain, arch pain and bunions all the way up to knee pain, hip pain, lower back or even neck pain.
This is where custom made orthotics can help! Orthotics are inserts into your shoes that control structural alignment of your foot and help correct standing, walking and even running positioning. They serve as shock absorbing cushion and relieve pressure in unwanted areas. Orthotics are used by professional athletes, runners, tennis players, soccer players, dancers and most important the everyday person that needs relief from foot pain.
Don’t be fooled by over the counter imitations without a prescription. Custom made orthotics are made from a cast of your unique foot. One of our certified health care specialist will cast your foot, the cast is then sent to a lab where exact replicas of your feet are made and fit to the orthotics. Since they are custom made they will correct the alignment of your individual feet without over or under adjustments.
How long will you have to wear orthotics?
This depends on what alignment issues are going on in your feet. Some people are able to wear the orthotics for a few months and then with the help of physical therapy are able to re-correct their alignment while others will depend on the orthotics to improve their function for years.
This only briefly explains the complexity of orthotics so please ask your Physical Therapist for more information at your next appointment!