The Benefits of Custom Orthotics (And Why You May Need Them)

How amazing would it be if we had a pair of perfect feet. However, not all of us are blessed with it. A neutral foot does not need any special care or support to maintain its shape when loaded with the body weight. But what if you’re one of the 80% not blessed with perfect feet? Are you doomed to be like the Tower of Pisa?

Not if you get custom orthotics!

You see, your feet are the base support of your whole skeleton. If they are not aligned well, it can affect your whole body.

What are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts in your footwear designed to support your foot’s natural structure. Because they affect the way we stand and move, orthotics can change the pattern of forces and stresses throughout the musculoskeletal system.

If you have plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, hallux valgus, or ankle instability, you can benefit from orthotics.

There are over-the-counter shoe inserts which you can find in retail stores or online marketplaces. However, these may not be entirely beneficial. That’s because they come prepackaged. We all have different feet and therefore there are no one-size fits all solution. Although they may be helpful in providing cushioning or preventing friction against your toes, they may not be effective in fixing biomechanical issues or serious foot problems.

On the other hand, there are shoe inserts tailored to your needs. These are custom orthotics. You can assure they will fit properly and address your foot problem. They provide support for the arches of your feet, distributing more evenly across it, which in turn prevent or relieve pain in target areas.

Your physiotherapist will customise your orthotics to fit your feet. Because custom orthotics addresses your foot problems, it allows your foot, and in turn, your whole body to function properly.

What are the Benefits of Custom Orthotics?

The benefits of wearing custom orthotics include:

  • Alleviating pain in the foot, ankle, leg, and lower back
  • Maintaining correct alignment of foot and leg
  • Improving balance
  • Supporting the arch and heel
  • Preventing bunions and clawed digits
  • Absorbing shock and distributing the pressure across the bottom of the foot
  • Preventing calluses, corns, and ulcerations by offloading pressure from areas at risk
  • Allowing you to stay longer when walking or doing sporting activities

It is important for your feet to be properly assessed before getting custom orthotics. They will have the largest impact if your feet are experiencing pain or any type of problem.

If you don’t have any particular medical condition, injury or deformity, you can still use custom orthotics to prevent future problems.

An assessment from a properly trained professional such as your Perth physiotherapist will be able to spot any dysfunctions in your body, including your foot, and treat accordingly.

Please keep in mind that custom orthotics is only a part of the solution. If you’re wearing a pair, it doesn’t mean you’ve prevented all problems completely. You still need to properly control your muscles when you move your feet, for example, when running and jumping. A lack of control can cause unnecessary stress. Always remember that your muscles need to work together.

Get your feet scanned at Happy Physio complimentary now (valued at $80). Call us today on 9272 7359!