What is Orthotics?
Orthotics are designed to fit your feet efficiently than over the counter arch which supports and balances the biomechanical inadequacies of your feet or legs.
The most common reasons that people might use foot orthotics are the arch and to heel the pain, knee pain such as iliotibial band syndrome.
Why buy Orthotics?
Orthotics can help people to get relieve and prevent the following:
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Shin Splints
- Heel or Arch Pain
- Iliotibial Band Syndrome
- Stress Fractures
- Plantar Fasciitis
How much does Orthotics Cost?
The ones at the pharmacy are much less expensive ($8 to $15) than custom-made orthotics ($200 to $500).
Who Needs Orthotics?
Some people are born with an inherited foot structure that develops bunions, corns and hammertoes. If you have a family history of these problems or are developing them, early recognition and use of orthotics may lessen their impact.
Custom orthotics is made to help correct any misalignments in the foot, improve a person’s posture, or alleviate any pain in the foot and leg. They are either inserted in a shoe or can be integrated into your shoe’s design so that they become a part of the shoe’s sole. Custom Orthotics differs from inserts that you can buy at any store because they are specially made to conform to the unique shape of an individual’s foot. They are usually made out of rubber materials that are quite stable. Some have added padding, depending on the person’s weight.
- A different pair of shoes may help.
- A person who weighs a lot of has a low arch may need a more stable, motion controlled shoe.
- A person with a high arch may need a shoe with more cushioning.
- Alternate shoes
- Rotate a slightly worn shoe with a new pair
- Try wearing different shoes for different types of surfaces.
- Consult a physical therapist or a massage therapist
- Your pain may be a result of tight or weak muscles instead of structural problems.