Custom-fit orthotics - do you need orthotics

Do you need orthotics? How orthotics can help you find relief

In Foot Facts, Services by Alnoor Ladhani, Chiropodist

Custom-fit orthotics - do you need orthoticsIf you have pain in your feet, ankles, knees, legs, hips, or even in your back or neck, you might need orthotics.

They can also help prevent pain in your body in the first place.  Rather than waiting for the pain to start – after some degree of damage has been done – why not get assessed now to see if orthotics can stop the pain from developing at all?

Orthotics help relieve and prevent pain by adjusting your gait.  Your gait is how you walk; things like how your foot strikes the ground and how your weight shifts from one foot to the other.

Your gait can be affected by many things; the shape of your foot, the alignment of your knees and hips, your weight and height, or injuries and physical conditions or diseases can all play a role in how you walk.

For example, many people have problems with the arch of their foot.  It can either be too low or flat, or it can be too high.  This will affect how your feet absorb the impact of walking, and is a common cause of foot pain and injuries.

Other ways to tell if you need orthotics

Before the pain starts, there are also other ways to tell if you might need orthotics.

What kind of footprint does your bare foot leave?

Your footprint shape can tell you if you have low or high arches.  A footprint should have a gentle curve between the ball of the foot and the heel.

If the curve of your footprint is very shallow, you have low arches.

If the curve of your footprint is very deep, or if the ball of your foot appears almost disconnected from your heel, you have high arches.

Do you get a lot of calluses?

If you find you get a lot of calluses on the bottoms of your feet in a certain area, this can be a sign that your gait is uneven, causing uneven pressure or increased friction on part of your foot.  For example, if you seem to develop a callus on the ball of your foot below your big toe, this is a sign that this area of your foot is taking on more than it’s share of the load.

Do you notice your feet or ankles, or legs get a tired, achy feeling when you walk?

If you seem to get a tired, achy feeling from just walking normally, this is also a sign that your gait is off balance and that you might need orthotics.

Do you notice that your ankles or knees seem to turn inward or outward?

If you look at your legs in a mirror, you can sometimes see that your knees or ankles seem to turn inward or outward when you are trying to stand straight.  Or, you might know that you often roll your ankles while walking, or twist your knees.  This might be an indication that you need orthotics to help align and support your ankles and knees.

Be proactive

Experiencing optimum wellness is about being proactive.  You don’t have to wait until a problem develops before seeking treatment.

Book an appointment with a chiropodist and have your feet assessed as a preventative measure.  We can tell you if there are abnormalities with your gait that indicate you need orthotics even before you start to feel chronic pain.