Why Foot Orthotics are Important and What are the Benefits
If you struggle with foot pain or alignment issues throughout your knees, hips and back, foot orthotics may be a great way to strengthen your foot muscles, correct postural issues and support better movement throughout your day to day.
What Are Foot Orthotics?
Custom orthotics are prescription medical devices that are worn inside the shoes to correct foot alignment issues that cause biomechanical imbalances during walking, standing or running. Wearing foot orthotics can also help to relieve foot pain caused by medical conditions including plantar fasciitis, bursitis, diabetes and arthritis. Orthotics work for your feet pretty much the same way that glasses work for your eyes.
It is important to note that not all orthotics are created equally. To experience the true value of an orthotic, you need to wear custom orthotics that are made with the guidance of a doctor or your chiropractor.
Why Are They Important?
Orthotics are important because they help to correct abnormalities in your foot, which in turn allows the rest of your body to settle in properly. Wearing a custom-fitted orthotic will allow your foot to strengthen areas that may need more support and to protect your other joints from further issues caused by poor alignment.
What Are The Benefits of Foot Orthotics?
There are many benefits to wearing foot orthotics including reduced or eliminated pain, better stability that provides foot and joint support and preventing injuries caused poor foot structure or sustained over the long term from chronic postural issues and misalignment.
Custom foot orthotics can also help to improve athletic performance. Wearing orthotics specifically designed for your athletic activity can help to reduce the force load of the technical demands of a specific sport, helping you produce more efficient and precise movements. Moreover, custom orthotics can help to distribute your weight more evenly across the surface of the foot, improving your balance. Orthotic devices also provide foot protection, but absorb shock and create better motion control, improve foot and leg movements and even reduce muscle fatigue. For best athletic performance, your athletic custom orthotics should be designed for your specific physical activity.
As you can see, foot orthotics are an important treatment used by chiropractors to support better function throughout your body. When your body works in harmony as it’s supposed to, you can minimize, or even eliminate, aggravating factors that are causing you pain and discomfort in other areas of the body. We spend so much time on our feet that they are the root of everything we do. Keeping your feet strong, healthy and functioning well is crucial to having a body that is in excellent shape and ready to support you in your daily activities.