What are custom orthotics?
Orthotics are devices used to help align the foot, ankle and arch to result in the most ergonomic foot position.
How do orthotics help?
Orthotics can help with difficulties caused by the lack of arch support, low arches, high arches and physical misalignment. When the structures of your foot are not properly aligned, the rest of your body adjusts to compensate resulting in problems that can occur in your feet, legs, hips, back and even your shoulders.
How do I know if I need orthotics?
Your chiropractor can let you know if using orthotics would be to your advantage. Orthotics could be a solution if you have recurring pain in your arches, heels, toes or other foot joints. Bunions, hammer toes and pain in the knees, legs, hips or other joints can also indicate problems that may be eased through the use of orthotics.
Do I have to wear my orthotics all the time?
The benefits of your orthotics will become more apparent the more often your wear your orthotic devices. Wearing your orthotics at regular intervals and changing them as you change your shoes helps assure that the devices enforce a consistent pressure as it is needed.
My new orthotics feel uncomfortable. Is that normal?
Yes. Your body will need time to adjust to the redistribution of pressure within your feet and joints. The more often you wear your orthotics, the faster your body will adjust and realign, causing less discomfort and a healthier physical alignment.