What do orthotics do for our feet?
Your feet have a direct impact on the rest of your body. Like a foundation for a house, your feet support the weight of everything above them. More than 25% of your bodies bones are in your feet, and more than 75% of all people will experience foot problems at some point in there lives. No surprise really when most people will walk about 100,000 miles in their lifetime.
When a small problem develops in your feet, a subtle change in the way you walk will cause a chain reaction of adjustments in your posture, and walking mechanics. If you imagine the problem as being like a small pebble in your shoe, no matter how small that pebble may be, it will effect the way you walk.
These changes put stress on joints higher up in the body and spine, leading to more serious problems with the feet, ankles, knees, hips and lower backs.
Orthotics have been found to be effective for heel pain, Mortons Neuroma, Achillies Tendonitis and various other common foot, heel and toe problems.They are also an effective treatment for shin splints, knee pain, and chronic lower back pain.
The principle purpose of an orthotic insole is to improve foot function, reduce pain, and help prevent future injury. A well designed orthotic will also provide shock absorption. There are two forms of orthodtics, customized and custom-made orthotics.
Customized orthotics are pre-fabricated insoles that include features like arch support, and heel wedges which can be adapted to suite individual feet.
Custom-made orthotics are designed from castings and computer assisted analysis of each individual foot.These are uniquely designed and modified to include a variety of subsequent corrections in order to allow for maximum comfort, performance and the enhancement of complex bio mechanical imbalances.
Both of these options can enable the feet to be held in a more stable position in order to correct imbalances and help reduce stress and strain on the rest of your body.
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