What Are Orthotics and How Can They Help?

What Are Orthotics and How Can They Help?

Have you had someone recommend orthotics to help you with foot pain? If so, you may wonder what orthotics are and how they can help you.

Orthotics are devices that are used to modify or change the structure and function of different parts of the muscular-skeletal systems, generally of your feet.

Custom foot orthotics are designed to help improve the structure and function of your feet. Their goal is to improve efficiency, reduce stress on tissues and muscles, and to eliminate foot pain, as well as referred pain in your knees, hips, and back.

Most foot orthotics work by focusing on the arch and heel position and controlling movement of the foot. They can provide support for the metatarsals, lift heels, and add additional cushioning. They can help correct how you stand, walk, or run. Therefore, inserts may be helpful even if you are only experiencing foot pain when you are engaged in a particular activity.

Custom foot orthotics are not prescription shoes, but are meant to be used any shoe type. While it is possible to get custom-built orthotic shoes, they are an expensive option that many people cannot afford and that keep your shoe choices limited. Instead, custom foot orthotics are inserts that you can use in your existing footwear. Orthotics are used by replacing the sole of your shoes with these custom inserts.

Orthotics can relieve overpronation, supination, and also relieve pain in high-pressure areas. Orthotics can help people with a variety of foot problems, including:

  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Calluses
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Arthritis
  • Flat feet

In addition to treating foot problems, sometimes custom orthotics are designed to provide additional cushioning and support for people who use their feet often. Think of people who work on their feet all day or athletes who are engaged in training regimes. In addition, overweight people may get advantages from using orthotics due to the additional pressure on their knees and feet.

If you suffer from structural issues or an injury, then wearing orthotics can not only help alleviate pain, but may also help with recovery.

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