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All about Foot Orthotics and Their Effects

Foot OrthoticsPain management doctors in advanced healthcare and rehabilitation centers in Brooklyn, NYC, often deal with physically active individuals suffering pain in the joints and fatigue as a result of improper foot alignment. Customized Foot Levelers orthotics are an important element in the treatment for such conditions.

The Science of Orthotics

Orthotics is a solution for a range of conditions affecting the foot such as neuroma or pinched nerve, plantar fasciitis or heel pain, hammertoes, and bunions. If there are conditions that involve tendons, bones, muscles, and ligaments not functioning optimally and causing pain and discomfort, which result in fatigue as well, using foot orthotics could be the ideal solution, according to Harvard Health Publishing contributor, Dr. James P. Ioli.

Foot orthotics refers to insoles that can be worn within shoes. Orthotic insoles come in different types and are made from various types of material. There are semi-rigid and rigid orthotics, as well as semi-flexible orthotics.

  • Rigid orthotic insoles are made carbon fiber or plastic. As the name suggests, they are rigid and make your feet function the way they should. They help ease many kinds of pain and strain in the foot, legs and even lower back.
  • Flexible or accommodative orthotics are bulkier and are aimed at providing more cushioning to ease the strain from the sore spots of your feet caused by conditions such as diabetic foot ulcers or plantar fasciitis. These may require you to wear prescription footwear because of their bulk.

Selecting the right orthotic obviously depends on your diagnosis and what your specific needs are.

Different Types of Foot Orthotics

There are many kinds of foot orthotics such as over-the-counter (OTC) orthotics and professional custom orthotics. OTC orthotic insoles are selected based on your shoe size. They are great for conditions such as arch pain and Achilles tendinitis. Kiosk orthotics are recommended based on the individual’s feet scan. These insoles help treat lower back pain, heel pain and general discomfort in the foot.

Why Custom Orthotic Insoles Make the Difference

Now let’s move to custom orthotics. Custom orthotic insoles are prescribed after a thorough check up by a podiatrist. They can help in a variety of conditions and also contribute to general health. Among the aspects analyzed are the individual’s height and weight. The level of activity of the individual and any underlying medical conditions are also assessed. Next, level of flexibility or rigidity of the orthotics is determined and the material for the orthotics is selected. A mold of the individual’s feet is then taken to ensure the orthotic insoles are created to fit correctly.

Improved Feet Alignment and Arch Rebuilding

Foot Levelers orthotic insoles are customized insoles that primarily ensure the feet maintain their 3-arched structure. Maintaining that structure ensures better medial arch support that in turn improves the alignment of the feet. Improved feet alignment contributes to improved alignment of the hip, pelvis, knee and the posture of the spine.

Foot Levelers orthotics is selected after digital imaging of the feet. The foot is made of 26 bones and more than 100 muscles. Their proper alignment ensures the right balance for the entire body, alleviating pain all through the body and not just in the feet. In fact, the feet’s arches face significant stress which eventually leads to them falling or collapsing, causing pain in the knee, back and even up to the neck. Orthotic insoles support the arch in maintaining its position. The insoles are flexible, and can accommodate terrain changes.

OTC Insoles or Custom Insoles?

An individual with average foot type, height and weight having heel pain or any such generic condition of the feet can do with an over-the-counter orthotic insole or kiosk orthotics. But they may need to be replaced more often than custom orthotics. But if the pain doesn’t significantly subside, or the pain is felt higher up in the body such as the hip or neck, you may need custom orthotics. Conditions such as severe flat foot absolutely require custom orthotics. Though more expensive than OTC orthotics, custom orthotic insoles last longer.

Advanced orthotic insoles come with extra cushioning and are very durable. They provide great mid-stance support and also help in temperature regulation and odor control. They maintain the optimal connection between the foot and the spine.

Keeping Feet Healthy by Selecting the Right Shoes

Dr. Ioli first suggests getting shoes that correctly fit your feet for your jogging, exercising or work. That seems like a no-brainer, but the point is made because people normally have their feet size in mind and just go ahead and buy shoes based on that without professionally measuring it. Measurement is important since the length and width or the feet change with age. Sizing also varies between brands – the same number could be a different size for different manufacturers. So make sure you select the correct size after proper measurement.

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