Who should use foot orthotics?
Due to the hard, manmade, unnatural surfaces that we now walk on, perfect feet are very rare, and almost anyone can benefit from orthotic therapy. They can prevent and alleviate many of the common foot complications that cause discomfort in otherwise healthy people. There is research supporting the relief of foot, shin, knee, hip, and back pain via orthotic therapy. There are several common symptoms that may indicate misalignment of the feet. Orthotics may benefit you if:
- One side of your shoe sole wears out faster than the other
- You frequently sprain your ankle
- You have chronic heel pain, foot pain, shin pain, knee pain or low back pain
- Your toes are not straight
- You have flat-feet (over-pronated) that cause pain
- Your feet point inward or outward when walking
- Your feet hurt in general
- You have painful corns or callous
When should I get foot orthotics?
If you are just wanting some extra cushioning or support for your feet, an generic over-the-counter shoe insert may be worth trying first. However, if you have been experiencing pain or discomfort, for anymore than three consecutive days, it is recommended you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.
During your appointment your overall health and possible contributing factors will be assessed. All of our podiatrists are specially trained to evaluate the biomechanics of the lower extremity and have undertaken additional training in the treatment of complex injuries.
In cases where there may be contributing factors from the upper body, we have the ability at OnePointHealth to introduce an additional practitioner (i.e. physiotherapist, chiropractor, exercise physiologist etc) to ensure our assessments are highly accurate. The information gained from your assessment will assist your podiatrist in developing a treatment plan specific to you.