Orthotics are inserts for your shoes that help provide proper support for your entire foot to prevent further injury or issues to your feet. Whether you're on your feet all day, have flat feet, or your feet have high arches, orthotics can help you. Read on for ways that orthotics can help your feet, as well as other foot care tips to prevent injury or issues with your feet.
If your feet are flat, you may have a hard time walking after a long day of being on your feet. You may also feel pain in your feet or your heels often. If you have flat feet, wearing orthotics can help lift the arch of your foot for you to give you the support you need. It can alleviate pain in the heel or in the ball of your feet. If your feet are flat, you may also have issues with over-pronation. Orthotics can help to correct this as well, so you have a more neutral gait when you walk.
High arches can be painful over time, and cause you to have an under-pronation, which will have you walking on the outsides of your feet. Orthotics can help stretch and loosen the tendon in the arch of your foot over time and alleviate any pain caused by high arches. It can also provide you with support for your entire foot as well.
If you have plantar fasciitis you most likely feel pain in your feet after a long day of being on your feet. Plantar fasciitis is the thickening of the band of tissue that connects the heel to the toe of the foot. Wearing orthotic inserts can provide you with the right amount of cushion and support to help alleviate the pain associated with plantar fasciitis.
Foot Care Tips
Some people don't pay enough attention to their feet until they are already having problems or issues. If you are wearing the wrong size shoe, it can be a problem for your feet, leaving you in pain at the end of the day. Be sure you are wearing the right size, as well as wide shoes if you have wide feet, or narrow shoes if you have narrow feet. Keep heels to less than 2 inches, as wearing taller heels can cause the foot to slip forward, which can cause a strain in the toes. Be sure to toss old shoes that don't provide any support any longer, including gym shoes, as well as dress shoes.
Talk to your podiatrist about other ways orthotics can help you and get fitted for a pair of custom-made orthotics today.