Foot health is one of the most important aspects of overall wellbeing. Unfortunately, most of us don’t take the time to stop and think about the immense amount of force we put on our feet, and how that pressure can affect our health.

The average adult places over one million pounds of force on his or her feet each day. In response, the foot’s complex system of bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles work to absorb shock and ensure as little disruption to the rest of the body as possible.

When the foot is out of alignment, fatigued, or affected by deformity or disease, however, it can lead to asymmetry and imbalances that affect the entire biomechanical system. Foot pain, joint swelling, neck and back soreness, trouble balancing, and visible deformities of the feet are all signs that indicate you might benefit from orthotics.

By eliminating abnormal movements of the foot, restoring proper gait, and reducing pressure points, orthotics bring many advantages to the wearer.

Orthotics relieve and accommodate symptoms of disease and/or deformity

Common foot ailments and problems brought on by disease can cause unfavourable symptoms that affect everyday activities. The proper use of orthotics can significantly reduce symptoms of foot or lower body-related diseases or deformities, including:

  • arthritis
  • bunions
  • calluses
  • hammer toes
  • corns
  • flat feet
  • Haglunds deformity
  • heel spurs
  • Neuroma
  • Sprains and strains
  • plantar fasciitis
  • iliotibial band syndrome
  • metatarsalgia
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Osgood-Schlatter syndrome
  • plantar fasciitis
  • runner’s knee

Custom foot appliances have shown to reduce or eliminate pain, improve balance, and enhance the movement and actions of feet that are compromised by the above conditions.

Orthotics promote proper foot function and enhanced performance in athletes

Athletes place more pressure on their feet that most of the population and, as a result, they are particularly susceptible to developing conditions that result from foot fatigue or gait imbalances.

By repositioning the feet and allowing for greater shock absorption, custom orthotics can reduce foot stress and prevent injury. They also promote the proper function and efficiency of the muscles and tendons in the lower body, and many athletes report increased endurance, strength, and agility as a result of the proper use of orthotics.

Orthotics prevent the development and progression of foot problems

Athletes aren’t the only ones that place extra strain on their feet. Footcare professionals also recommend custom orthotics for anyone that spends a lot of time on their feet or for those who are particularly susceptible to foot complications, including overweight or diabetic people.

Not only do orthotics prevent the development of foot and biomechanical complications, but they can also significantly hinder the progression of existing conditions and promote soft tissue restoration. In many cases, proper orthotics use can help patients avoid or prolong the need for surgery.