Benefits of Orthotics
What are orthotics?
Orthotics, put simply, are just inserts that go in your shoe to support your toes, heels, and arches! You’ve probably seen them around at Walmart, Albertson’s, or similar stores. A popular brand is Dr. Scholl’s; they have locations all around where you can find out what sort of support you need for your feet.
The inserts can be premolded, with general support for the whole foot. It’s more of a one size fits all idea, but for many people, this is all they’ll need. Others will need a more specified fit, and this is where custom made orthotics are an option. A mold is made of the foot, and then the orthotic is built to contour to those specifications.
They aren’t just for tennis shoes – there are varieties that allow you to use the supports in high heels and boots. There’s even a company that will create a flip flop with the orthotic inside of it, so you don’t have to try to make it stick to an open toed shoe.
Why wear them?
Most commercials will focus on the pain relieving effects of wearing orthotics, and this point is very true! Orthotics can help relieve ankle, knee, and back pain – but those aren’t the only benefits.
Orthotics alter the way your feet hit the ground, and where the pressure is placed on the toes, ball, arch, and heel of your feet. If you have conditions like plantar fasciitis and heel spurs, or if you walk on the inside or outside of your feet, orthotics can help with the symptoms associated.
Who should wear them?
Even though it may seem like orthotics are only for people who suffer from pain or other conditions, they aren’t that exclusive! Really, anyone can wear them, especially if you live a more active lifestyle, like an athlete or construction workers. They’re available for any age, from children to seniors.