Heel and foot discomfort can be a common complaint for many individuals. Especially if you find yourself standing for the majority of the day or walking around in improper foot wear. If you are having trouble with your feet this can result in changes to your balance, support and your overall gait which can further disrupt your bodies mechanics. A disruption in your bodies support system can sometimes put added stress on your knees, hips, pelvis and low back. If you are someone that has poor mechanics in your feet or changes in your gait sometimes using an orthotic may help with re-establishing the proper mechanical function and help to establish a proper functioning framework.
What Exactly Are Orthotics?
- Orthotics are custom made insoles that are manufactured to address each individual patient’s needs
- They are developed based on a thorough history and physical examination that assesses your biomechanics and gait imbalances
- Each orthotic is crafted from a foam casting technique along with the specific physical findings discovered during your assessment process
- A variety of orthotic styles can be used in order to fit into your desired shoe of choice
Orthotics can be used for a variety of different complaints and conditions including:
- Foot discomfort
- Heel or arch pain
- Knee pain
- Low back pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Patellofemoral pain syndrome
- Sacroiliac joint syndrome
- Achilles Tendonosis
Not everyone, however, will benefit from the use of orthotics. Make sure you speak with Dr. Cruickshank or any other health care provider to determine if orthotics would be the right fit for you.
Reference: The Orthotic Group www.tog.com