What Are Orthotics?

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In layman’s terms, you may think of them simply as arch supports or shoe inserts. However, they are actually much more than that. Orthotics are orthopedic devices made to: treat or adjust abnormal foot motion; provide support, stability and control; increase balance; absorb shock; and relieve pressure on uncomfortable or sore spots. They should be custom made to address an individual’s specific needs. It is important to remember that your feet are the foundation of your body. How your feet perform can affect how your skeletal body feels and performs. The stability and efficiency of the foot and ankle promote better foot health and overall body function.

What can Orthotics do for me?

Orthotics can be very helpful in correcting biomechanical imbalances of the foot and ankle, such as excessive pronation or excessive supination. Over time, abnormal foot motions cause stresses that can lead to conditions such as Achilles tendinitis, bunions, heel spurs, metatarsalgia, Morton’s neuroma, plantar fasciitis (heel and arch pain), post-tib tendinitis, shin splints, as well as knee pain, hip pain and lower back pain. They are also useful for people: who are very overweight; required to be on their feet for extended periods of time. Athletes use them to optimize performance, and people with arthritic or diabetic foot conditions use them for protection.

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