How might orthotics benefit you? Your feet are your body's foundation. If your foundation is unstable, excessive stress and tension can occur in other areas of the body. Tissues that are chronically overstressed and overworked will let you know it sooner or later! You might develop pain the heels, arches, forefoot, shins, knees, hips, or lower back, and often more than one area of the body will be affected.
Orthotics can be used to limit excessive motion in the feet and lower limbs, thereby alleviating stress and tension on various muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints. As such, they can be used to treat soft-tissue injuries like plantar fasciitis, iliotibial band friction syndrome, tibialis posterior tendon dysfunction, and shin splints. They can also address problems with the bones and cartilage such as osteoarthritis, meniscal tears, and stress fractures. Essentially, custom orthotics reduce the amount of daily insult to certain tissues or structures. Once the amount of healing that occurs on a daily basis can outpace the amount of damage that occurs on a daily basis, symptoms begin to improve.
Orthotics can also be used when there is not enough motion. Sometimes a person's feet/foundation is too rigid. While strength is good, too much rigidity limits the body's ability to absorb the shock associated with each foot strike. As a result, muscles become overworked in an effort to dampen forces, while certain bones may experience higher levels of stress. In this application, orthotics can be used to distribute impact-related stress across a greater area of the foot, thereby reducing peak pressures and muscular effort.
Last but not least, orthotics can play a vital role in for those living with certain types of conditions or diseases. People with diabetes, for example, are more prone to foot ulcers and orthotics can be used to reduce friction and pressure points. Orthotics can also enhance comfort following foot injuries. There are also many neuromuscular conditions that can lead to tight or spastic muscles, and orthotics can help to realign the feet and lower limbs and improve balance.
“Orthotics have helped my feet immensely. They have given me the ability to walk and live again... Thank you Amy.” J.S.