Considering the amount of stress, force and pressure that’s applied to your feet with each step it’s no wonder that they often feel tired and sore at the end of the day. Your feet are the foundation for your body and as such it is important that they provide proper support to the rest of your skeleton. Misalignment of foot mechanics can lead to not only foot pain but can also affect the joints above including those in the knee, hip and back.
One way to help improve foot mechanics is through the use of custom orthotics. An orthotic is an insert placed within the shoe to alter and enhance foot function. Recent studies have shown that orthotics can even help increase the proprioceptive (balance) fibers in the feet and ankles and that this in turn may improve athletic performance. Common problems that orthotics can help with include: flat feet; high arches; bunions; plantar fasciitis; knee, hip or back pain.
Orthotics come in all different shapes, sizes and styles. There’s no one best type but there are some key considerations:
- What will you be using the orthotic for? Some orthotics are designed for everyday use. Others are better for sports such as soccer, hockey and running while others fit better in dress shoes (yes, even high heels!).
- Is it a custom orthotic? Not all orthotics are created equal. If you are getting a custom orthotic, make sure it’s just that – custom, which is made for your specific foot. Some orthotics use a best fit or customized template which only approximates your foot’s shape and specific needs.
- Who are you getting them from? Chiropractors, among other regulated health professionals, are able to provide orthotics. Choose a provider with whom you feel comfortable and who will provide a proper biomechanical assessment to ensure you’re getting the right orthotic for you.
- Most health insurance plans cover the cost of custom orthotics. Your insurance provider knows that happy feet contribute to a healthy person.
Not everyone needs a custom orthotic. But for those who do, it can make a world of difference in comfort, pain relief, and performance. At Clear Path Chiropractic Health Centre we provide assessment, prescription, and casting for custom orthotics. Come see us today to find out if you are a good candidate for orthotic prescription.