How Orthotics Can Relieve Pain
If you’re suffering from lower back pain, leg fatigue, heel or arch pain, corns & calluses, or bunions, orthotics may be part of the solution.
- What is a custom foot orthotic?
Custom made foot orthotics are insoles manufactured from a cast impression of your feet by your foot care provider and worn inside your shoes (casual, dress, diabetic or special activity shoes). Custom orthotics help your feet function in their optimal neutral position and eliminate the need for your body to compensate for misalignment in your feet.
- Who can benefit from custom made foot orthotics?
Just about anyone will benefit from wearing custom made orthotics. There are many different style of orthotics to meet a variety of needs. Some are more rigid for increased control of your feet while others are soft and flexible for comfort. Your foot care provider can help determine what style is best suited for your individual needs.
- How do custom made foot orthotics help reduce or eliminate pain?
A custom made foot orthotic helps bring the ground up to the foot at predetermined angles so that the foot is supported in its optimal neutral position. By realigning the foot with the body, the rest of the joints and muscles can work more efficiently, thus helping to reduce or eliminate pain.
- How will a custom made foot orthotic fit into my regular shoes?
There are different styles of orthotics available that are designed to fit a wide variety of shoe gear. Orthotic styles range from athletic shoes to men’s and women’s dress shoes to pediatric and diabetic shoes. Sometimes, depending on the specific orthotic therapy required, a different type of shoe might be recommended by your foot care provider.
- What is the difference between off the shelf store bough orthotic insoles and custom made orthotics?
Store bought orthotic insoles, although somewhat helpful, are generic in size and contour. Custom made orthotics are made specifically for your feet and are designed to meet your individual needs.