The many benefits of wearing foot orthotics

Snowflakes and feet

Did you know that feet are very similar to snowflakes? That’s right! Just like no two snowflakes are the same, no two feet are the same! Even your two feet that are on your body differ. Many feet differ in size and shape; however, there are some common foot problems that are experienced by all feet, no matter how different they are. Some are hereditary such as hammertoes while other foot problems are caused by a range of different factors. Many common foot problems are not very serious and can be treated through simple measures; however, there are those that require immediate medical attention. 

Most Common Foot Problems

Hammertoe

This condition is caused when the muscles of the toe get out of balance and cause painful toe problems and causes the middle joint of the toes to bend downward.

Flatfoot

Flatfoot is another common foot condition that occurs when the sole of the foot comes into complete contact with the ground. This condition is commonly inherited but may be caused by an injury.

Plantar Fasciitis 

This foot condition is the most common type of heel pain caused when the flat band of tissue that connects the heel bones to the toes become swollen and inflamed.

 Metatarsalgia

Metatarsalgia or ball of foot pain is also a very common foot condition, mostly in women who wear tight or fashionable shoes with high heel and is a painful burning sensation felt in the balls of the feet.

 

Treatment of Common Foot Problems 

As mentioned earlier, many foot conditions can be simply treated or corrected. It is possible to self-treat certain foot problem.  One of the most common treatments for the above mentioned foot conditions is the use of orthotics, also known as orthoses. They are in fact a less invasive, more effective and cheaper way to treat common foot problems. They have a very high success rate and are recommended by most foot specialists as one of the best form of treatments for common foot conditions.

What exactly is an orthotic? Well, an orthotic or an orthotic shoe insert is a device that supports the arches and thus, reduces excess stress and strain on certain areas of the foot thus reducing the pain caused by many common foot problems. For example, wearing a shoe with orthotic shoe insoles will relieve the excess stress and strain placed on the plantar fascia ligament and will relieve the pain.

Benefits of Orthotics

Orthotics are definitely helpful in many different ways. Some of the many benefits of orthotics include:

•Restore the ability to run, walk and jump by reducing pain and swelling in the foot

•Increase the stable of unstable joints

•Provide better support for the arch

•Ease problems in other areas of the body such as the hips and the back

•Improve the overall health of the ankle and foot

•Support  and better align the body

•Prevent some foot deformities

Orthotics for Sports

Orthotics are not only good to be used to prevent or treat foot problems but they can also be used to prevent sports injury. Most sports injuries involved musculoskeletal trauma to bones, joints, ligaments, tendons are nerves. If you are suffering from a sports injury, you can use orthotics to improve the function of the injured body part, to correct any foot deformities resulted from the injury and to facilitate alignment by providing support for the joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons and the back.

Types of Orthotics

There are many different types of orthotics but the two main types are those that are custom-made based on prescriptions and those that are purchased from “off the shelf”. There are also functional orthotics made to support abnormal foot biomechanics and accommodative orthotics which can be used by almost anyone, simply to relieve mild foot pain and to correct minor foot problems. They also differ in the type of material that they are made from. Some are made of plastic or carbon fiber while others are made of soft, compressible materials such as foam or silicone.

Orthotics are also available in many different brands. One of the best brands of orthotics is FootActive. With FootActive orthotic insoles, you can easily prevent and correct almost any foot condition no matter what it is. These insoles are also great for elderly patients who due to old age are more prone to foot problems and foot injuries. Orthotics are definitely the way to go if you are experiencing foot problems; however, if you notice that your pain is increasing or is not becoming better after prolonged use of orthotics, you should consult a doctor for medical treatment and advice.

 

Testimonials

What our customers have to say about our products

I had been wearing insoles for the past three weeks but still suffered from foot pain every day, until a friend recommended you. After the consultation, I realised that I have been using the wrong insert for my condition. Its been a week and counting and the pain has reduced dramatically. Thank you

By Peter Arnold
BORASTON

Thank you for the orthotics. I had tried a few before I finally settled on yours after I noticed a considerable improvement. Sometimes I forget that I have been suffering from foot pain! The insoles are soo comfortable.

By Eva Lucas
LETTON

Hi there! I had been suffering from constant foot pain for several months, and tried all sorts of inserts with no success. I decided to try Jack Orthotics after my brother recommended them. I was abit sceptical, but I am glad I tried because I haven't experienced foot pain in a week!

By Ryan Howard
LLANARMON