Your feet are small, but can cause big problems considering they have to support the entire height and weight of your body.
Each step you take involves a remarkably intricate network of bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments. That complexity — combined with all the weight you carry — accounts for why feet can be so prone to problems, including bone fractures, arthritis and plantar fasciitis, or other painful conditions.
If left untreated, foot problems may worsen. Eventually, the pain could interfere with your ability to do even the most basic things like walking upstairs or down the street.
If pain alters the way you walk, it can lead to pain in your knees, hips and back as well. These problems can multiply, limiting your activity and affecting your quality of life.
The good news is that most foot disorders can be treated with physical therapy and often, foot orthoses.
Custom Orthotic Inserts
After a thorough initial evaluation, foot orthoses may be an appropriate treatment. Foot orthoses (commonly called orthotics) can be helpful in a number of ways:
- They the foot and ankle in better alignment
- Help the foot better disperse stress during walking or running
- Help cushion and support hypomobile (stiff or rigid) segments of the foot
- Stabilize areas of the foot that might be hypermobile (have too much mobility)
- Help redistribute forces on the foot & ankle to alleviate pain
Get Your Own Personalized Treatment Plan & Orthoses
Everyone is different so a detailed assessment of your condition is your best choice. Over-the-counter or custom orthoses are appropriate for some patients and others don’t need them at all.
The best thing to do is schedule some time with us so we can show you how we can help.