How Do Orthotics
How Do Orthotics
If you're having foot pain or foot
problems of any kind, you may have been wondering whether
orthotics would help cure you.
Orthotics have helped many
people with various kinds of foot disorders and given them
Orthotics modify the function of the
Not only adults are fit with
orthotics but many children as well.
Basically, orthotics are
devices that support biomechanical foot disorders. They can
be purchased over-the-counter or be custom-made to fit the
particular foot problem.
The podiatrist will look at
the body mechanics and determine the proper fit based on
using a variety of painless techniques.
They're often used for people with
abnormal shoe wear, bunions, plantar fasciitis, knee pain,
hip pain, back pain, flat feet, ankle sprains, gait
problems, shin splints and other types of shin and foot
Generally, if you have foot pain there is
something that is not correct.
You may have other signs and
You may have hip, back or knee
pain and not connect it to your feet.
It's easy to buy over-the-counter
orthotics but these may not always correct your foot
The best orthotics are
custom-made and require a visit to your foot doctor - called
An impression of the foot is
taken with either a plaster cast or the newer type of wax
Electrodynography may be used
where sensors are placed on the foot and a microprocessor is
attached to it.
Then data is fed to a computer
giving it biomechanical information about
This is sometimes called an
EKG of the foot.
Special labs make custom orthotics from
the information it's given.
Orthotics are made of leather,
polypropylene, fiberglass, graphite and other
They weigh just a few
Most orthotics are made of the
plastic polymer materials.
Orthotics can help prevent foot pronation,
which flatten the arch and for shock absorption, which is
perfect for walkers or runner.
Many runners wear
A runner needs running shoes
with heel counters that are deep and strong enough to hold
them. Common well-known orthotics includes WalkFit and
If you're having foot problems or foot
pain you may want to figure out if orthotics are right for
you, either over-the-counter or custom
You can try the
over-the-counter first and see how they work for
If you have serious foot
problems you may need to see a podiatrist and discuss
Many people wear them and
swear by them.
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