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What are Orthotics?
Orthotics are custom made arch supports that can be moved from shoe to shoe. They are designed to make your feet work more efficiently and are used to address a number of foot problems.
Who would benefit?
Orthotics make standing and walking more comfortable for people of all ages and all walks of life. Feet with inherited foot problems can be realigned and made more comfortable with the use of orthotics. Many people suffer with problems relating to the way they walk. Those who must stand or walk in their jobs benefit from evaluation and the use of custom made orthotics to decrease the stress on their muscles, bones and ligaments.
Athletes may experience problems sooner or more acutely than the normal population. Many runners and other athletes benefit from orthotics to help them avoid injuries, maximize their talent and perform more efficiently.
What types of problems do they help?
Heel pain (plantar fasciitis), flat feet, high arched feet, frequent ankle sprains … are examples of foot problems which can be addressed with orthotics. Other ailments such as shin splints, knee pain, muscle tightness, …can be helped with the use of orthotics. They can increase stability in unstable joints and prevent foot problems such as bunions from becoming worse, or at least slow down the process. Those with arthritis may be helped with orthotics as well.