Ask the Experts: How Can Orthotics Help?
March 15th, 2018 by Synergy Admin
No one wants to be in pain. Especially nagging foot and leg pain that can affect basic daily activities like walking or standing. Chronic foot and leg pain doesn’t always result from a single physical trauma or injury. Even something minor like a slight imbalance in your walk can create additional stress for your lower limbs and increase your risk of pain and injury over time. In some cases, physiotherapy can help alleviate pain and treat common injuries to the feet and legs. However, sometimes orthotics are needed.
Orthotic devices are inserted into the shoe to help treat a wide variety of foot issues. They can bring balance to muscles and tendons by stabilizing the ankles, knees, and hips in their proper position. Orthotics can be used to treat ailments of the foot and ankle and relieve chronic pain in these areas. They work by realigning the structure of the foot to make movements more mechanically sound and efficient. To help explain how they can help, the experts at Synergy Sports Wellness Institute have answered some common questions about orthotics.
Who Can Benefit from Using Orthotics?
Orthotics can help people who suffer from many of the most common foot and ankle issues including bunions, plantar fasciitis, corns, calluses, Achilles tendonitis, forefoot pain and more. They can also be used to aid in rehabilitation for patients who have experienced ligament injuries to the knee and other more serious injuries.
Are Orthotics Only Meant to Treat Foot and Leg Issues?
Not necessarily. Our bodies are complex machines and there is a connection between how certain parts operate. Having overpronated feet (or flat feet) can cause the knees to turn inward, a condition commonly referred to as knock-knees. This abnormal knee placement can shift the angle where the thigh bone meets the pelvis, resulting in unsteady hip posture and spinal destabilization. Over time, walking and standing with your feet, legs, hips, and spine out of alignment can contribute to back pain. For some people, orthotics can help reduce this back pain by stabilizing the foot and curtail this domino effect before it begins.
Would You Recommend Custom Orthotics or the Type Available in Stores?
Although custom orthotic devices can be more expensive than ones purchased off-the-shelf, they typically last much longer and are able to better-correct the patient’s specific issue. In some cases, an over-the-counter orthotic is still very effective, especially when combined with a stretching and exercise regimen.
Using orthotics can be an excellent way to reduce pain and help rehabilitate after an injury, but it’s important to make sure to find the right kind of orthotic for your unique needs. Our experts will work with you to determine the right orthotic depending on your issues and level of physical activity. For more information on Orthotics or to schedule an appointment, please contact Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ for more tips, news, and more.