Custom orthotics are shoe inserts that are designed to fit and support your unique foot and help alleviate or correct any symptoms or biomechanical issues you may be facing.
While something like pain can easily signal to you that it’s time to talk to a professional, what else can be a sign that it’s time to consider custom orthotics?
Pain is something that we most often can’t ignore and find ourselves in our doctor or manual practitioners’ office looking for relief.
However, when it comes to your feet, there are a variety of types of pain that can signal to you that in addition to treatment by a manual therapist, you should consider custom orthotics.
Luckily, many clinics such as Park Place Chiropractic offer both manual treatments and assessment and fitting of custom orthotics.
Pain in the following areas:
- Feet – Including toes, heels
Additionally, orthotics can help with the pain of specific foot and lower limb conditions such as plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and arthritis.
Our feet are what support us during many of our daily activities and movements, when something is going on with our feet we will often experience pain in other areas of our lower body such as our knees and hips due to compensation or problems with gait.
Pain in these areas should signal to you that you need an assessment from your practitioner and may need to consider orthotics.
Wearing Out Shoes
If you find yourself wearing out shoes more frequently than most people you know, or your shoes are wearing out unevenly – more to one side, more at the toe box, etc you may need to consider orthotics.
Often wearing out shoes more quickly or unevenly signals a biomechanical issue that makes it so you’re putting more pressure on certain areas of your feet as you move.
You may also notice you develop painful corns or calluses more easily in areas that you’re putting pressure on.
Custom orthotics can help correct these biomechanical issues and keep you from having to replace your shoes more often than you should have to!
You Train Hard
If you are fairly active or dedicated to training in a particular sport such as hockey, skating, running, or cycling, you may want to consider custom orthotics.
In particular, sport specific custom orthotics like those fitted for you at Tread Well.
Sport specific orthotics are made to mimic the natural flexibility and spring of your foot, meaning they aren’t the rigid orthotics you may be familiar with.
Designed for the needs of your unique foot and specific sport these orthotics can help you prevent common injuries and pain, improve biomechanics and just make training more comfortable overall.
You Spend A Lot of Time on Your Feet
If you spend more than 5 hours on your feet each day, whether or not you’re currently experiencing pain or other foot-related issues, you may want to be proactive.
Ensuring your foot is properly supported with orthotics can help prevent pain, injury or conditions such as plantar fasciitis from developing down the road.
You Have Flat Feet, High Arches, or a Lower Limb Injury
Flat feet, high arches, and lower limb injuries are all issues that can impact your gait and biomechanics.
This can result in pain, balance issues, compensations resulting in pain or injury in your knees or hips, to name a few.
Custom orthotics can help relieve the pressure caused by flat feet and help correct various other complications of high arches such as corns and calluses, pain or instability.
Similarly, a lower limb injury can impact your walk which can wreak havoc on your lower body, custom orthotics can help ensure that you’re moving effectively and with proper gait.