What Are Custom Foot Orthotics?

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Custom foot orthotics are inserts for shoes that correct for an irregular gait pattern and provide cushion to the feet. Orthotics come in a variety of different models and sizes, including over-the-counter and customizable variants.  Prescription custom orthotics can be shaped and contoured to fit inside a specific shoe and are prescribed by a podiatrist who specializes in orthotics design.

Per medical literature and the doctors at Ankle N Foot Centers, orthotics have been proven effective in reducing running injuries. If orthotics can reduce running injuries, then imagine the positive effects of custom orthotics during standing for prolonged periods. 

Orthotics can help prevent injuries and provide cushion to keep pain levels to a minimum. They control the movement of the foot and ankle by slightly altering the angle at which the foot strikes the ground. They guide the foot joints into a neutral position during gait which allows for correct positioning and can alleviate pain. Orthotics can also act as shock absorbers to remove pressure from the foot and ankle.  The shock absorbing capacity of an orthotic is very beneficial; there are significant forces placed through your knees, legs, ankles and feet while running and standing.

Therefore, orthotics can make movements, like walking and running, more comfortable as well as help prevent the development of certain foot conditions.

Below is another excerpt from medical literature regarding prescription orthotic therapy:        

Orthotic shoe inserts were most effective in the treatment of symptoms arising from biomechanical abnormalities, such as excessive pronation or limb length discrepancy.  Along with other conservative measures, orthotics may allow the athlete to continue participation in running activities and to avoid other treatment modalities which are costlier and time consuming. Conditions included in the study were excessive pronation, arch pain, limb length discrepancy, Achilles tendonitis, shin splints and knee disorders.                                                 

Orthotics come in different variants and can be made of various materials. To determine what type of orthotic is best suit your feet, pedal conditions and needs  consult your podiatrist at Ankle N Foot Centers. He or she will be able to prescribe an orthotic that can improve your foot function.

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