Foot orthotics are a simple and easy way to treat a number of problems, not only affecting the feet, but also the ankle, shin, knee, upper thigh, hip and back areas. Pain can be caused by several reasons, the most common being an imbalance in the bone structure of the feet, which in turn can lead to more serious problems if not treated promptly. A simple and discreet cushioned insert placed into your normal footwear can alleviate the pain and help to re-balance and align the body back into its correct posture.
However, foot orthotics are not just used for bone structural problems; those suffering from conditions such as Achilles tendinitis, ankle sprains, metatarsalgia and neuroma will find that the padded inserts not only evenly out weight distribution to the foot area and minimise pain, but also help to speed up the recovery time.
People who spend a lot of time on their feet will find that foot orthotics can greatly improve their posture and help lessen the strain on the feet, providing a cushioning effect and adding extra comfort to any shoe type. Runners or sports enthusiasts can also benefit from foot orthotics, as recent studies have revealed that they can reduce shock absorption by up to 15%, which will help to prevent future injuries.
So what exactly are foot orthotics? They are padded insoles that fit inside of your normal footwear. These special insoles are made out of specially developed synthetic materials, and come in many forms including gels, foams and laminates. As well as helping any medical problems, users of foot orthotics will find that they have a cushioning effect and provide extra comfort and support to any shoe type. Foot orthotics do not require a doctor’s prescription.
If you are experiencing unbearable pain, or have unusual growths or lumps on the foot area, it is advisable to make an appointment with your podiatrist, who will be able to give a full professional diagnosis.