Custom orthotics offer patients superior support tailored to their feet.
Our feet are the foundation for the rest of our entire body. When you have low arches, high arches, neuromas, plantar fasciitis or other foot conditions, your entire body can suffer because of it. Many patients who suffer from a mysterious leg, lower back or knee pain come to eventually find out it originates from foot issues. A great way to fix these issues is to fix where the problem originates from.
Your orthopedic doctor can work with you to create custom orthotics to help ease your pain and suffering. There are many over-the-counter insole options that are much more affordable. However, below are some of the main benefits of considering having a custom pair created for you.
Enhanced Support For Your Feet
Each foot is made of 26 bones and more than 100 muscles. Our feet are some of the most complex areas of our bodies. Because of this, they deserve to get your attention, especially when you are suffering from many foot-related issues. Your feet bear the weight of your whole body and they can suffer because of it, but custom orthotics can help.
Another added benefit of custom orthotics is they add superior comfort to your footwear. They are much more comfortable than store-bought insoles. Custom insoles are manufactured to accommodate the unique features of your foot structure. They will allow you to walk and stand comfortably. You will find out quickly how much more time on your feet each day you will be able to bear.
While store-bought insoles can add comfort and support to your footwear, they are not able to address any of the specific foot problems you may have. Many studies have proven that custom orthotics are created in a way to help alleviate foot pain, improve function and ease the pain in other areas of your body associated with your foot problems.
Pronation occurs when a patient’s collapsed arches allow for the ankle to fall towards the midline of your body. This will cause an increase in stress to your hips, knees and lower back. It also causes extra strain to your feet. Pronation makes people more susceptible to knee injuries when active or playing sports. Custom orthotics can help offer support to your arches and relieve some of the associated joint pain in other areas of your body.
Opposite of pronation is supination. Supination is when someone’s arches are too high. This causes extra strain on your feet, knees, hips and your lower back because your ankles are leaning outwards away from your body’s midline. If you have one foot with a higher or lower arch than the other, your balance can be thrown off and make problems even worse. In this case, custom orthotics would not only help to support each foot the way they need it, but it can also help you maintain a more anatomically correct posture. Store-bought insoles cannot offer the same benefits.