You’ve seen them in the drugstore, online, and some are even custom made and can cost you hundreds of dollars. Orthotics, or arch supports, as they are commonly known, can be functional or accommodative.
A functional device is designed to improve your gait by changing the alignment of your foot to a more correct position. A functional orthotic pads and protects in areas that tend to develop problems. One example of this is if you frequently get corns or calluses an accommodative device will help protect those areas and prevent the problem from recurring. Both devices are used to make your feet more comfortable.
Orthotics can be prescribed for the following symptoms:
- Back pain
- Flat feet
- Heel Pain
- Corns and Calluses
Many of these conditions are caused by muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, or bones that are not in an optimal functional position. Aging and the loss of fat pads on the bottom of your feet, and systemic disease are all factors that may cause you to need an orthotic.
Now you can understand why your feet feel pain, discomfort, and fatigue
Functional devices are designed to make your foot, a masterpiece of architecture, function better as you get through life and all the things you want to do.
We all want to feel good, don’t we?!
An orthotic holds your foot in a neutral, or proper position, while you are wearing it. The proper orthotic will make you feel better and alleviate the pain associated with your condition.
Orthotics never change the shape of your foot or “train” your feet to function better. For a great comparison, orthotics are similar to, prescription eyeglasses. You see better only when you wear them, they don’t change your eyes or permanently fix them, and orthotics are much the same way.
Have questions about orthotics?
- Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to help!? Are they flat?
- If you think you may benefit from an orthotic try one that matches your shoe gear and activity or even season. We can help if you’re a runner or love heels.
- If you feel better, great. If you feel 20% better you may benefit from a custom device custom made for your foot by a podiatrist.