Some people have problems with alignment of the foot and the leg, which predispose them due injuries. When a person’s lower extremity moves with abnormal biomechanics, the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints experience more than the usual amount of stress. In times, the cumulative effect and premature wear and tear lead to conditions such as plantar fasciitis, ankle sprain, shin splints and tendonitis.
When do you need orthoses?
Foot orthoses are more popularly known as shoe inserts. You can buy them from the pharmacy and certain sports supply outlets. Perhaps you are interested to know if they can help resolve the pain you are now feeling along the base of your heel when you walk. Maybe, you are wondering if a set of inserts will decrease the pain you experience on your knee when you remain standing for long periods.
According to Australia’s Foot and Leg Specialists, shoe inserts are primarily indicated for people whose feet are not in a neutral position at rest. Some of us do not possess feet that remain structurally stable when the weight of your body presses upon the feet. When the foot loses its shape while supporting body weight, pain may arise as components of the foot become stretched beyond limits, while others structures are compressed. When a foot care specialist confirms you either have a supinated or pronated foot, then a pair of inserts may alleviate your symptoms.
Do you need to wear a specific type of shoes with the orthosis?
If you receive a prescription to use inserts, you should have a pair of shoes that bends where the feet bends, but stable enough such that the shoe still keeps its shape after you twist the shoe along its length. Moreover, a podiatrist or orthopedic doctor usually recommends that you busy shoes with a flexible forefoot so that you can easily place the orthosis.
Many people suffer from muscle strains, sprains, and pain disorders due to alignment problems. By using foot orthotics, you can achieve better lower extremity alignment and prevent the development of musculoskeletal injuries.