What are orthotics?
Orthotics can be defined as removable supports that are worn in the shoes. They help correct foot and ankle alignment problems.
Why are orthotics important?
The way in which your feel interact with the ground determines the way forces are distributed through your ankles, knees, hips, and low back. Abnormal alignment through the foot and ankle can result in abnormal forces being exerted on the lower body joints. This can lead to increased wear and tear over the long term and increases the risk for injury and joint problems.
How do I know if I need orthotics?
Most people present with some degree of loss of height in the arches of the feet. Sometimes a person is born this way, while other times the arches collapse over time. Pregnant women often find that they wear a larger size shoe following pregnancy due to the arches collapsing and the foot spreading. Many of the common foot problems can be caused by lack of adequate arch height, especially during weight bearing activities such as standing, walking, and running. These foot and ankle problems include:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Hammer Toes
- Calluses and Corns
- Shin Splints
- And more!
A trained physical therapist or podiatrist can perform an evaluation of your feet and ankles and give you feedback regarding your need for orthotics. At Brookside Physical Therapy, we work with Sole Supports to provide high quality custom orthotics to meet your needs
Why Sole Supports?
Sole Supports are specially designed to capture full arch height and therefore provide maximal control. The casting procedure captures the foot in a biomechanically ideal position for weight bearing, rather than capturing the shape of the arch and foot after it has flattened out. Sole Supports orthotics are also designed to your specific weight and activity level. If an orthotic is too soft and collapses under body weight, it is simply acting as a cushion and not supporting proper alignment. Sole Supports orthotics are made from a high quality material and are designed to be rigid enough to maintain the foot in a corrected position.
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