What is Foot Orthotics ?

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Foot Orthotics are devices designed to adjust various biomechanical foot disorders. These are simple insoles for shoes. The best Orthotics, however, are custom-tailored devices specifically crafted to meet the needs of a particular individual.

Simpler foot Orthotics allows the muscles, tendons and bones of the feet and lower legs to function at their highest potential. When appropriately prescribed, Orthotics can decrease pain, not only in the foot, but in other parts of the body such as the knee, hip and lower back. They can also increase stability in an unstable joint, prevent a deformed foot from developing additional problems, and improve overall quality of life.

One of the foot's main functions is to absorb shock as the body's weight shifts with each step. It does this through a complex process in which the arch of the foot flattens slightly. This absorbs and distributes the weight throughout the entire foot.

There are two major problems that can be prevented by using Foot Orthotics:

High arch : To correct this condition, an Orthotic is used to bring the ground into even contact with the rest of the foot. This allows the entire foot to support the weight of the body. Extra cushioning can be built into the Orthotic so that some of the force does not even reach the foot.

Flat Foot : To correct this condition, an Orthotic with an increased arch will be prescribed to distribute the weight laterally. Depending on shape of the foot, the heel of the Orthotic can be slanted to shift the weight more toward the center of the heel.

 Why You need Orthotics?

Pain is the body's way of warning you something is wrong. If you ignore your pain, the condition causing it could become worse. Relief is closer than you think. You may be a candidate for orthotics if:

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