As humans we are on our feet for a lot of our life . I have personally had many aches and pains in my feet that I could not explain and were difficult to treat because I never considered that unproper foot support was the problem. Many of my patients including myself have spent lots of money on shoes thinking the more expensive ones as advertised were good for their feet (that couldn’t be further from the truth.) Once I started using the proper orthotics, I found my feet, knees, hips, and back started to feel better and I have been using them ever since.
As a chiropractor and lower extremity specialist, I can’t emphasize how important it is to make sure your feet just like the rest of your body are treated properly. Many patients I treat are fooled by over-priced shoes, cookie cutter shoe inserts, and spend their lives wondering why they are still suffering.
What Is An Orthotic And Why Use Them?
Orthotics are shoe or heel inserts that are prescribed to help treat many common problems not just the feet, including knee, hip and spinal problems as your feet are the foundation for the rest of the body.
Orthotics are considered another form of treatment outside the office as they support your feet properly and aid in proper foot motion. Some might recommend that you try readymade devices before moving onto orthotics, but readymade devices aren’t as effective as they primarily are used as a cushion and do not help patients to correct their foot motion.
Do You Really Need Orthotics?
If you’re suffering from leg or foot pain, you may wonder if you need to visit a podiatrist. However, many of the inserts that I have seen patients using are rigid and inflexible which is similar to a cast for a broken bone. It restricts the natural motion of the foot, ankle, and leg and may not be suitable for some.
Orthotics are useful in many conditions, including rheumatoid and osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease), bunions, bursitis, back pain, flat feet, hammertoes, and more. The goal of orthotics is to take the pressure off sensitive or inflamed areas, increase support in the proper areas, and allow the foot to naturally move the way it was supposed to. The exact way they help will vary based on the indication and will be discussed during your consultation at our office.
Orthotics can be made of different types of materials. Some of them are full shoe inserts, so they act like the insoles in running shoes while others are localized to the heel area. Our orthotics are versatile and can be made out of the material that suits your needs as you may use them for different purposes. We even have options for specific foot widths, shoe lengths (including shorter inserts for women’s dress shoes), and intensity of activity so that you get the most out of your orthotics.
Our orthotics are uniquely made for each patient after a 3D scan is performed and custom built and sent out to be made. At Just For The Health Of It in Vancouver, WA, we put a lot of effort into helping you decide if orthotics are right for you so patients can get the maximum benefit.
The effectiveness of orthotics and the benefit you get from them will depend on several factors. We can guarantee that the orthotics we produce are made with the best material available and that the sizes are accurate. How often you wear them and the type of shoes you wear will affect the degree of benefit too.
At Just For The Health Of It, we understand how hard it can be to struggle with pain and limited function due to poor quality footwear. That’s why we aim to provide the best quality custom orthotics in Vancouver, WA.