How do I know if I Need Orthotics?

Orthotics are not just for older people.  It is estimated that 70-85% of people of all ages have some type of structural misalignment that could be treated, however not everyone requires the control offered by properly fit custom orthotics.

Factory workers, retail clerks, bankers, nurses and just about anyone who stands all day on hard surfaces are prone to developing foot pain and heel pain.  Many of these delay seeking medical attention from a registered foot specialist and their pain becomes chronic.   These people are more likely to require custom orthotics.

If you are a runner and experience a series of nagging injuries, you are definitely a candidate for custom orthotics.  Moderate distances runners, with just slight misalignments, will often need orthotics over time due to the repetitive impact and stress.  Long distance runners will almost always require orthotics to enhance performance and reduce the chance of an overuse injury associated with the intense training schedules.

Why Do Some People Need Custom Foot Orthotics?

To begin, the foot is a very complex structure.  When it functions optimally, it supports and balances the weight of the entire body.  Our daily walking puts up to 1.5 times one’s body weight on the foot.   In runner’s, that weight can be increased to 3 times your body weight through every inch of your foot.

Secondly, no foot pain in normal and therefore, should not be ignored.  Foot pain can lead to complex problems that can affect the functioning of other parts of the body, including the hips, knees, and back.

Custom foot orthotics are designed and can be worn by people of all ages to help them achieve relief of their foot or leg pain and provide stabilization to their feet.  From young children playing sports and simply running around the school yard, all the way up to seniors who require the additional support to help stabilize their feet in an effort to keep mobile and prevent fall

People who stand at work all day especially benefit when they wear orthotics.  These may include factory workers, bankers, retail clerks, construction workers and many health care workers.

Professional athletes also rely on foot orthotics to prevent injuries and enhance their performance.

I Have Never Had Foot Pain – Why Me, Why Now?

To answer this question, we need to look at how the foot normally works.  It is designed be very adaptable.  The foot absorbs shock by rolling in slightly (pronating) but problems arise when excessive pronation occurs.  This often happens after years of working /standing on cement, wearing excessively worn or poor footwear, increased activity level and an increase to body weight.  The muscles and ligaments become stretched and are no longer able to support you properly.

It is estimated that over 80% of the population over pronate. This can throw off the whole body and cause pain throughout your body.  Custom foot orthotics can be prescribed to help restore normal foot function and help relieve that pain, and not just in your feet.

It is important that the orthotics do not block pronation completely, just control it and slow it down, allowing your feet to function efficiently and for you to be pain free.  This is why it’s so critical that you seek out a professional Chiropodist or Podiatrist to ensure you receive a complete and comprehensive exam by a trained and accredited foot specialist, and that your diagnosis and treatment correspond with the price you are paying!