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What Are Orthotics?
Custom-made orthotics are medical shoe inserts that support and gently reposition the heel, arch, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones in the feet. Orthotics enable the structures in the foot to work together as nature intended, making each step pain-free.
Unlike over-the-counter shoe inserts, custom-made orthotics are created from non-weight bearing molds of your feet. These devices are designed to meet your specific needs. These devices are typically made with comfortable materials that are very durable, and they can be designed to fit in any type of shoe.
Purpose of Custom Orthotics
Custom-made orthotics have been shown to help alleviate and relieve pain caused by the following common foot conditions:
In addition to relieving pain and reducing inflammation, custom orthotics help control alignment and function of the foot. This helps treat and prevent injuries caused by sharp or excessive movement during physical activity. Custom orthotics also help to make activities like running and walking more efficient by improving the structure of the foot.
How Do Custom Orthotics Work?
The root cause of most foot problems can be attributed to poor foot structure. Even the smallest misalignment in the foot can cause significant pain or discomfort. Misalignment in the foot usually causes foot conditions like bunions, corns, hammer toe, etc. If you suffer from these conditions, custom-made orthotics are recommended to pad and protect the foot.
Orthotics function to not only support the arch but also realign the structures of the foot. By doing so, custom orthotics improve the structure of the foot and help prevent bone misalignment, as well as tendon and ligament fatigue. As your foot strikes the ground, orthotics within the shoe gently direct the structure into the correct position so as to reduce pain and stop inflammation.
How Are Orthotics Made?
Following a physical exam and diagnosis of the condition, your podiatrist may recommend orthotics as part of the treatment plan. There are several methods that can be used to cast a mold or create an image of your foot—from computer guided and laser imaging to just a normal cast. Once the image or cast has been taken, they are usually sent to a medical lab to be created.
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What are orthotics?
Custom-made orthotics are medical shoe inserts that support and gently reposition the heel, arch, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones in the feet. Orthotics enable the structures in the foot to work together as nature intended, making each step pain-free. Unlike over-the-counter shoe inserts, custom-made orthotics are created from nonweight bearing molds of your feet. These devices are designed to meet your specific needs. These devices are typically made with comfortable materials that are very durable, and they can be designed to fit in any type of shoe.
How do I know if I need a custom orthotic insole?
If you have any sort of recurring pain in your back, hip, knee, leg, ankle or foot with activity you most likely are suffering from some version of an overuse Injury. An overuse injury stems from doing too much activity, too often, especially if you were blessed with abnormal foot and lower extremity mechanics. Pain is the body’s way of sending you a message that something has gone wrong and you need to see a sports medicine specialist.
Will a custom orthotic insole help me with my running?
For a custom orthotic insole to be helpful to prevent injuries and make your running more efficient a proper biomechanical exam must be performed to assess your musclo-skeletal system. Then, a plaster mold of your foot must be taken and checked for accuracy for the orthotic insole to be fabricated properly. If this procedure is followed the orthotic insole can end up being a lifesaver.
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