“What Can Orthotics Do For Me…?”
Foot orthotics allow the muscles, tendons and bones of the feet and lower limbs to function at their highest potential. When appropriately prescribed, orthotics can decrease pain, not only in the feet, but in other parts of the body such as the knees, hips and lower back. They can also increase
stability in an unstable ankle joint, prevent a deformed foot from developing additional problems, and improve overall quality of life.
Perhaps the most important part of our feet are the arches (medial longtudinal arch and transverse arch). Normal arches are built to be strong and flexible, like “shock absorbers” to provide the balance necessary to support the body. When arches are flat the muscles in the lower back become strained as they work harder to balance the body over both feet.
One way to compensate for low arches and to reduce back pain is to invest in good foot orthotics. Worn in each shoe, orthotics bring back form and function to the feet so that proper balance can be stablized or restored.
In order to heal, it’s important to wear orthotics in your shoes whever you are standing, walking, running or biking. Part-time or occasional use will offer little help.
Orthotics can be made to accommodate any size foot. They replace your current shoe insole. By changing the way your feet work, it can relieve the muscle strain, and therefore, the pain in your lower back. Many patients notice more energy and less fatigue.
What Are Orthotics Used For?
Orthotics are commonly used to relieve symptoms of common injuries such as:
- Pes Planus (Flat Feet)
- Pes Cavus (High Arches)
- Helps Individuals with Arthritis
- Heel Spurs
- Plantar Fascitis
- Diabetic Feet
- Knee, Hip and Lower Back Pain
- In-Toeing/Toed-Out Walking
- Various Other Foot and Ankle Tendon Injuries
Orthotics are covered by most insurance plans because insurance companies know the value of Orthotic Therapy in the prevention and treatment of many conditions that can lend to short-term or even long-term disability claims.