For a number of people who suffer from chronic foot, leg or lower back pain, a simple and effective solution to reduce pain could be a pair of custom orthotics. By working to stimulate the intrinsic muscles of the foot, which help stabilize your body as you stand, walk or run, a custom orthotic improves imbalances in your feet. This in turn reduces the amount of stress put on muscles that are transmitted through joints such as the ankles, knees, hips, pelvis and spine. A custom orthotic not only helps reduce the pain caused by poor foot mechanics, it can also help correct such ailments as: localized foot pain, arch and heel pain, leg and knee pain, neck pain and even bunions and hammer toes.
Custom Orthopaedic Inserts for Shoes
A custom orthotic works over a long period of time to help reduce pain and correct a person’s foot mechanics. It is therefore often the case that a person’s orthotics can feel uncomfortable when they first start to wear them regularly. This initial discomfort will not last, and is simply a minor side effect of the muscles being corrected by the orthotic, however it is usually not a good idea to start wearing your orthotics throughout the day when they are new. It is better to gradually introduce the orthotics by wearing them for two hour intervals for a week or so. This will give your feet time to adjust to their re-alignment without causing any significant discomfort.
Custom orthotics work with virtually any shoe, so there is no need to worry about buying a new pair of shoes to go along with the orthotics. It is a good idea however, to have multiple pairs of orthotics, especially if you find that you often wear different types of footwear throughout the day (casual dress shoes, running shoes and everything in between). The consistent use of orthotics can actually help correct a number of painful ailments, not limited to those that occur in the foot. The more common of these conditions include:
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Runner’s Knee
- Shin Splints
- Iliotibial Band Syndrome (Legs/Knees)
- Sacroiliac Syndrome (Hips)