Why Custom Orthotics Are So Versatile and Effective for Foot Pain
First, an important caveat: orthotics are not going to be the solution to every foot problem. Not everyone will require them. Some people do fine with over-the-counter, prefabricated arch supports. Others may not need arch supports at all.
But there’s a reason that custom orthotics are frequently a great solution to many kinds of foot, leg, and even hip and lower back pain, and it has to do with biomechanics and alignment.
A significant percentage of painful foot problems—including many forms of heel pain, overuse injuries, and even foot deformities like bunions—are often at least partially the result of feet that have fallen out of alignment with the leg. Weak or flat arches, overpronation, and other structural or biomechanical foot problems can increase the amount of pressure and stress on certain areas of the foot, and also force joints and muscles further up the body to work harder in order to compensate.
Wearing the correct set of orthotics for your foot shape and your condition helps restore proper alignment, relieving strain and pain throughout the feet and beyond. And custom orthotics are going to give you the best possible performance, since they are specially made to fit you and you alone, using precise molds of your feet.
They also last a ton longer than off-the-shelf orthotics—typically 3-5 years on average, as opposed to 6 months or less for cheap, off-the-shelf alternatives.
Make a Valuable Investment in Foot Health and Comfort
Don’t let foot pain keep you from achieving your dreams in 2021. The team at Sunshein Podiatry Associates can help you restore comfort and mobility and get that spring back in your step.
Custom orthotics—whether they’re your first pair, or just a new pair—may well be the answer. Or, they may not be. Either way, our team of experts is trained to help you find the best path forward to total foot and ankle relief.
To set up an appointment with Dr. Sunshein or Dr. Koss, give us a call today at (937) 435-7477, or connect with us online by clicking the button below.