What are Custom Orthotics?
Custom Orthotics are shoe inserts created from a mold of your foot that are intended to correct abnormal or irregular foot function. They perform functions that make standing, walking, and running more comfortable and efficient by altering the way at which the foot strikes the ground.
Doctors of Podiatric Medicine often recommend and prescribe custom orthotics as a conservative approach to many foot, leg, knee, hip or low back problems or as a complimentary method to help control foot function after certain foot surgeries.
Why do people need Custom Orthotics?
It is estimated that the majority of the population over pronates due to the hard, flat unnatural surfaces we walk on daily. Over pronation causes undue stress on the plantar fascia commonly resulting in plantar fasciitis also known as heel spurs. It often also disrupts normal knee function and hip alignment and increases forces on the lower back muscles.
These functional problems are common in all types of patients from children to the elderly, from top athletes to people with ordinary lifestyles. By helping to realign the lower limb to a more neutral posture, custom orthotics provide the stable platform to enable correct foot function and help relieve common functional problems musculoskeletal problems.
The combination of a proper treatment regime from your Podiatrist along with custom molded orthotics within supportive shoe gear are very helpful in alleviating common overuse chronic foot, ankle, knee, hip and low back pains.
Who needs Custom Orthotics?
Custom orthotics can benefit most people with foot dysfunction. The symptoms of poor foot function can include any one of the following:
- Localized & Generalized Foot Pain
- Heel & Arch Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)
- Ankle & Leg Pain
- Knee & Hip Pain
- Low Back Pain
- Bunions & Hammer Toes