Orthotics are custom-made foot supports, which slip into your shoes to help alleviate pain in your feet, ankles, legs, hips and back. They are designed to work better than over-the-counter arch supports by providing better alignment, so your feet can function in a much more stable and efficient manner. They balance the biomechanical inadequacies of your feet and legs so tendons and ligaments aren’t working more than they should be.
In addition to providing relief for painful foot problems or an injury, people who walk or stand for long periods can benefit from orthotics. In sports, orthotics will often increase endurance, performance and strength. For overweight individuals, orthotics can help to counteract the extra stress on the feet, as minor problems are often exacerbated by weight.
Orthotics are particularly effective in relieving foot fatigue and discomfort experienced by older people who have developed arthritis in their feet. Orthotics may also be prescribed for children who have a foot deformity.
For more information about orthotics and to find out if they may be right for you or to schedule an appointment, call the Cary-Grove Foot & Ankle Center at (847) 639-5800.