An ‘orthotic’ is a device designed to restore your natural foot function. Many ‘biomechanical’ (walking) complaints such as heel pain, knee pain and lower back pain are caused by poor foot function. Orthotics re-align the foot and ankle bones to their neutral position, thereby restoring natural foot function.
Benefits of Custom Foot Orthotics
Foot orthotics are effective in alleviating pain in the feet and in treating conditions impacting other parts of the body, such as the ankles, knees, legs, hips, and lower back.
According to research studies, athletes who wear custom foot orthotics benefit from improved athletic performance and reduced risk of injury. In addition, orthotics allow for more even weight distribution, taking pressure off of sore spots (e.g. the ball of the foot, corns in between toes, bunions etc.) and providing shock absorption. Clinical studies have also proven that custom-made orthotics decrease foot pain and provide superior comfort during everyday activities such as walking.
Some common conditions associated with needing foot orthotics include:
- Runner’s Knee
- Shin Splints
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Iliotibial Band Syndrome
- Sacroiliac Syndrome
- Piriformis Syndrome
- Calluses and Corns
- Heel Spurs
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Diabetic Foot
Custom Foot Orthotics
Our partnered clinic, River City Orthotics, offers custom foot orthotics that combine comfort with performance to help ease pain, improve alignment, and reduce stress or strain as you move. Your custom-made foot orthotic will fit into one of three main categories: accommodative orthotics, rigid orthotics, or semirigid orthotics. The type of orthotics you receive will depend on your daily activities, location of injury, and condition. After selecting the type of orthotics right for you, your healthcare professional will further personalize your orthotics based on your gait, footwear, and unique needs. Your personal treatment plan will include not only the most comfortable foot orthotics, but also education on lifestyle habits to help promote healing and prevent re-injury.Learn more about Custom Foot Orthotics