What are the benefits of orthotics?

Only ten percent of world’s population is born with normal feet that are capable of carrying the body’s weight accurately.

 

The rest of the world’s feet need various amounts of support to correct the shape and angles of the feet as they strike the ground.

Orthotics are designed to provide a comfortable stride. Usually prescribed by a podiatrist (foot doctor), orthotics correct abnormal foot placement as you stand, walk or run making your gait balanced and efficient.

Incorrect foot placement can affect your posture and stress your knee and hip joints.

Whether you are a runner, an athlete, or a person who just wants to enjoy life, orthotics can help you improve your balance, redistribute your weight, relieve the pressure on your joints and absorb the shock of your movement.

You may need orthotics if:

  • You notice the sole on one side of your shoe wears more than the other
  • You experience ankle sprains frequently
  • You have chronic pain in your lower back, knee or heels
  • Your foot toes-in or toes-out

If you notice these conditions and are experiencing discomfort, you should call a podiatrist.

Podiatrists often recommend orthotics as a conservative course of treatment for foot and ankle problems. Your podiatrist will take a mold of your foot and create a custom orthotic insert that works with your skeletal structure. When you wear a custom orthotic in your shoe, it will help relieve stress on your knees, hips and back.

You don’t have to live with sore feet. Contact Affinity Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Center at (920) 996-3700 and request an appointment with a podiatrist.

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