In a perfect world, everyone would prioritizing proper foot health. Practicing grounding (walking barefoot) and wearing minimalist shoes (mimicking barefoot running) are fantastic ways to support your feet. However, in reality, these practices are not always possible as many people work on hard surfaces day in and day out. Custom orthotics provide a great solution to the daily stress our feet endure!
What Exactly do Orthotics do?
Orthotics are devices worn in your shoes that provide correction to your feet, helping them function more efficiently. Poor foot function and alignment may be the cause of various pains such as foot pain, hip pain, knee pain and back pain.
Orthotics are commonly prescribed to help with many ailments of the feet, such as hammertoes, heel spurs, metatarsal problems, bunions, diabetic ulcerations and numerous other problems. They can also help minimize shin splints, back pain and strain on joints and ligaments. If you suspect that your aches and pains may stem from improper foot support, make sure to get a proper gait evaluation done as orthotics may be one of the missing links you need to optimize your biomechanics.
Benefits of Wearing Custom Orthotics
- Supported feet
- Injury prevention
- Extra comfort throughout the day
- Reduced short-term pain
- Long-term pain relief
Do Orthotics Weaken Your Feet?
Many are concerned that wearing orthotics may weaken your feet and you will become dependent on them. The truth is, this worry is a myth and orthotics do not weaken your feet. Custom orthotics support your feet and work to improve the function of your feet not serve as a crutch!
How Do I Get An Evaluation?
Our gait scan analysis system provides a visual of your gait by recording timing sequences as you walk or run across the pressure plate. The image helps your practitioner understand your foot mechanics to determine if custom made orthotics could benefit you!
Take The Pressure Off
Remember, with 52 bones, 66 joints, 214 ligaments, and 38 tendons and muscles,your feet are the foundation of your body! Your feet carry a ton of weight so any imbalances in your foundation may have severe consequences for the rest of your body. Do not leave your pain untreated, chronic foot pain can prevent you from leading the active lifestyle you desire!
If you think orthotics could be right for you, consider booking a gait scan analysis with us today!