What are Orthotics?
Orthotics are orthopedic devices designed to treat or adjust various biomechanical foot disorders. Orthotics can be commercially made devices, such as cushioned heel cups or insoles for shoes or custom-tailored devices specifically designed to meet the needs of a particular individual.
Custom Orthotics are made by making an impression of the foot called a cast. The impressions in the cast duplicate misalignments in the foot. Specialists in an orthotic laboratory can then correct the misalignments with compensation and stabilization techniques. The finished orthotic is then placed in the patient’s shoe and helps keep the foot in proper alignment.
Before purchasing custom orthotics, get fitted, try a different pair of shoes and consult a physical therapist or massage therapist.
A different pair of shoes may help.
A person who weighs a lot of has a low arch may need a more stable, motion controlled shoe.
A person with a high arch may need a shoe with more cushioning.
Rotate a slightly worn shoe with a new pair
Try wearing different shoes for different types of surfaces.
Consult a physical therapist or a massage therapist
Your pain may be a result of tight or weak muscles instead of structural problems.