Our feet are one of the most essential parts of our body; after all, they keep us standing upright, balanced, and help us walk!
Custom orthotics are shoe inserts custom-made for your foot to help alleviate foot pain, discomfort, or problems you are experiencing when wearing shoes. In addition, orthotics help support problem areas in your foot and make it easier to wear shoes and walk.
Yet, how do you know if you need custom orthotics?
You Have Flat Feet
Flat feet is a term that describes a lack of an arch on the bottom of your feet, where the entire sole of your foot touches the floor when you stand. It’s a common condition and does not always lead to pain, but seek out custom orthotics for relief if it does.
A pair of custom orthotics can provide arch support and help reduce the symptoms associated with flat feet.
You Have Problems With Balance
Problems with your balance can signify that you could use a pair of custom orthotics. Balance issues may be related to over or under-pronated feet (flat feet or high arches), which may result from uneven weight distribution. A pair of orthotics that address these issues with your soles can help significantly.
As you age, trips and falls can cause significant damage to more frail bodies, so if there are signs that balance is becoming an issue, consider speaking to an orthotics specialist.
Your Shoes Are Worn Out Unevenly
Uneven weight distribution can lead to discomfort, joint, and foot pain, swelling, and cause undue pressure on other areas of your body. This imbalance shows up in shoe wear.
When your shoes wear unevenly (i.e., parts of your shoes are more worn through in parts, or each shoe —left and right—has different patterns of wear), it is a clear sign that you have a poorly distributed stance.
Your feet need to support the rest of your frame in alignment, and custom orthotics rebalance your stance and posture.
You Experience Foot Pain and Swelling
Pain and swelling are two common signs that something isn’t quite right in your body. For example, look at your shoes if you’re experiencing unusual foot pain and swelling.
Taking your shoes to an orthotics specialist can give them a good idea of how you walk and how your feet behave in a pair of shoes.
A pair of custom orthotics could be just what you need to alleviate the pain and swelling that comes with ill-fitting shoes; they will be molded to your foot and help take the strain off problem areas.
You Are Diabetic and Experience Complications
Diabetes can cause nerve damage to your feet. Without feeling pain receptors in your foot, it isn’t easy to know when a problem occurs. That’s why having a pair of custom orthotics can help; no matter which shoes you wear, you can feel confident knowing that your feet are adequately protected and supported, keeping the rest of your body in tip-top shape.
Alleviate Your Foot Trouble With Professional Orthotics
You deserve to feel comfortable and supported in your shoes. See the professional team at My Physio Sports & Rehab Centre to better understand and treat your foot pain. Our experts will evaluate your feet, posture, and stance to provide perfectly custom orthotics for any shoe you wear.
My Physio Sports & Rehab Centre provides quality, world-class orthotics and physiotherapy services with personalized service in Woodbridge, ON, and surrounding communities. Your health and well-being are our top priority, and we look forward to serving you.
Schedule your consultation online or by calling our office at 905-850-6683.