Orthotics are footwear inserts worn to provide foot support and alleviate the discomfort, pressure, pain, imbalance, and other symptoms caused by foot and ankle deformities, injuries, misalignments and degenerative diseases. Orthotics is medically engineered shoe inserts that are precisely molded to the patients’ foot, improving stability and balance and relieving friction.
Recent advances in the field of podiatry have shown that structural problems in one area of the body will likely cause an imbalance in other areas. Simply put, when your feet hurt, your whole entire body may be out of alignment. In addition, people who experience pain in their legs, back, or calves are usually surprised when they’re told the cause is also responsible for the bunions they’ve had for years.
Relief from foot pain usually centers around these two options: conservative, in-office treatments or surgery. Sometimes surgery is the answer; however, diabetics and others with severe circulatory problems may not be candidates for foot surgery. Because of this, new conservative options have been developed to treat many common foot problems.
Inserts maintain proper position, thus decreasing stress and strain on the foot bones and tissues while distributing body weight evenly. Orthotics are custom made for each patient and are the result of a thorough examination.
How Are Structural Imbalances Behind Most Foot Problems?
Structural foot imbalances can be present at birth and result in foot problems becoming increasingly more severe as people get older. Painful foot conditions are nearly as common as headaches and colds; nine out of ten adults report some form of foot pain at one time or another in their lives. The foot conditions most frequently experienced include:
- Athletes Foot
- Ingrown Toenail
- Poor Circulation
- Ankle Weakness
- Chronic Ankle Sprain
- Heel Spurs
- Ball of Foot Pain
- Sports Injuries
- Arch Pain
Biomechanical State-of-the-Art Treatments
An exciting field of study called biomechanics, a combined study of biology and the mechanics of motion, has given podiatrists insight on how to treat foot problems. Now research has proven that many foot problems respond positively to conservative treatments options, often eliminating surgery.
Biomechanics seek to correct the imbalances of the foot and control its range of motion by using a variety of treatments including orthotics.